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    Default Could 'sabotage' be used for humans rather than 'things'?

    Hi,
    I'd appreciate any help with this. Could the verb 'sabotage' be used when one wants to tarnish somebody's reputation? I heard this in a film, and I was wondering if there was any less formal verb or expression for that purpose.


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    Default Re: Could 'sabotage' be used for humans rather than 'things'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi,
    I'd appreciate any help with this. Could the verb 'sabotage' be used when one wants to tarnish somebody's reputation? I heard this in a film, and I was wondering if there was any less formal verb or expression for that purpose.


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    I'm not quite sure what you are asking. It is possible to sabotage someone's chances of something by tarnishing their reputation, if that's what you mean. Let's say you have applied for a job and you know that John has applied for the same job. If you wanted to try to make sure that John was not successful you could anonymously tell the people who are going to make the decision that John was fired from a previous job for theft or something like that. By telling them that, you would have tarnished his reputation and, as a result, probably sabotaged his chances of being chosen for the job.
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    Default Re: Could 'sabotage' be used for humans rather than 'things'?

    Thanks! That's a wonderful example indeed. Now, the question is if it's correct to say, 'I/he was trying to arsabotage him!'? I heard in a film someone saying, 'you're sabotaging her!'.

    1. Sabotaging him!
    2. Sabotaging his chances...!

    Hope this question is clear.

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    Default Re: Could 'sabotage' be used for humans rather than 'things'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Thanks! That's a wonderful example indeed. Now, the question is if it's correct to say, 'I/he was trying to arsabotage him!'? I heard in a film someone saying, 'you're sabotaging her!'.

    1. Sabotaging him!
    2. Sabotaging his chances...!

    Hope this question is clear.
    In my example, I could say "I sabotaged John's chances" or I suppose "I sabotaged John" though the former would be more common. John would say "I was the victim of sabotage" or "emsr2d2 sabotaged my chances". I don't think John would say "emsr2d2 sabotaged me".

    I'm not sure what you mean by 1 and 2 above. Are you asking if they're the same? If so, then as I've said "You're sabotaging him" and "You're sabotaging his chances" would effectively mean the same thing.
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