throw dirt

throw dirt
a) To fling dust or similar.

I hope...that you are ignorant of the whole affair, and are so bold only because you are blind...And blind enough; so that you blunder on through thick and thin, bespattering all that come in your way, according to the old, laudable maxim, Throw dirt enough, and some will stick.

b) To make derogatory or malicious allegations, particularly about people in public life.

Jortin however has pithily remarked, "It requires something of a hand even to throw dirt." The Reviewer, though no tyro, is still a bungler in that trade.


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