mudslinger

noun
mud·sling·er | \-ˌsliŋ-ər \

Definition of mudslinger 

: one that makes malicious attacks especially against a political opponent

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mudslinging \-ˌsliŋ-iŋ \ noun

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attack dog

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a local hot-button issue that has turned some normally mild-mannered neighbors into letter-writing mudslingers

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In 2010, when the group launched ahead of Barack Obama’s reelection campaign, Brock had imposed a set of self-regulations on the staff that would cultivate an air of respectability for the mudslingers. Gabriel Debenedetti, Daily Intelligencer, "What Hurts a Political Opponent in the Age of Trump?," 20 May 2018 What must be almost the last charge of this decimated brigade of mudslingers approaches again, carrying with them like a Kathy Griffin icon the utter imbecility of the Steele accusations. Conrad Black, National Review, "The Steele Dossier Is Still Absurd," 11 Oct. 2017 If that lady is a 101-year-old movie legend, any would-be mudslingers best take care, her attorney said this week. Christie D'zurilla, latimes.com, "Did You Hear ... ? Ed Skrein walks from 'Hellboy,' Harvey victims get Hollywood help, and more from the week in entertainment," 2 Sep. 2017 He isn’t known as a dogface solider boy or mudslinger in South Miami. Alex Butler, miamiherald, "For 66 years, he has lived on this block, now named for the World War II veteran," 28 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of mudslinger

1876, in the meaning defined above

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