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    drag somebody through the mire

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    I donít know whatís to become of our fine family name, after itís been dragged through the mire by a complete outsider.

    drag someb0dy through the mire = slander somebody

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Re: drag somebody through the mire

    Yes, but bear in mind that slander is a false statement. You can drag someone through the mire by telling unpleasnt truths about them, as well.
    In American English, it is more common to drag somebody through the mud.

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