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.
RELATED IDIOMS :
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.
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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