Give a dog a bad name and hang him The principle is that a person's plight is hopeless once his reputation has been blackened. Similar to he that has an ill name is half hanged .
1706 J. Stevens Spanish & English Dict .
s.v. Perro, We say, Give a Dog an ill name and his work is done.
1721 J. Kelly Scottish Proverbs 124
Give a Dog an ill Name, and he'll soon be hanged. Spoken of those who raise an ill Name on a Man on purpose to prevent his Advancement.
1803 Norfolk (Virginia) Herald 14 Apr. 3
SOURCE: Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs
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