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Idioms

name is mud

name is mud

Meaning

  • It means that the person is extremely unpopular.
  • It is a trigger for saying that someone has done a deed which has made him infamous in his circle and where people are angry with the said person.

Example Sentences

  1. If you keep hanging out with the local goons then soon your name will be mud too.
  2. The two sisters, Emily and Ruth’s names are mud because of their constant gossiping.
  3. To go to a party with such people and at such an hour can put a young girl’s name in mud.
  4. A child should endeavour to make his parents proud and not put their names in mud.

Origin
President Abraham Lincoln of the United States of America was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. When he was trying to escape after committing the murder he injured and broke his leg. Dr. Samuel Mudd provided medical help to Booth at that time. He has since been thought of as a co-conspirator in the murder of President Lincoln. He was not convicted because the evidence against him was ambiguous and not concrete. Till date there is a debate amongst the historians if Dr. Mudd was innocent and the phrase “his name is Mudd” has been coined. This has currently changed to mud instead of Mudd.

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