do someone dirt

do someone dirt

harm someone maliciously – informal

1939 - Nathaniel West - The Day of The Locust - I remember those who do me dirt and those who do me favors.


drag someone through the dirt = drag something through the dirt = drag someone through the mud = drag something through the mud

make damaging allegations about someone or something.

1998 - Economist - The deputy prime minister is having his name dragged through the mud.

eat dirt

suffer insults or humiliation – informal

In the USA, eat dirt also has the sense of make a humiliating retraction or eat your own words.

treat someone like dirt

treat someone contemptuously or unfairly.

1996 - Just Seventeen - He was only nice to me in Private. As soon as he was around other people he'd treat me like dirt.

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