give a dog a bad name

give a dog a bad name
Give a dog a bad name
A person who is generally known to have been guilty of some offence will always be suspected to be the author of all similar types of offence. Once someone has gained a bad reputation, it is very difficult to lose it.

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  • give a dog a bad name — british phrase used for saying that once someone has a bad reputation, people will blame them for everything Thesaurus: damage to someone s reputationsynonym Main entry: dog * * * give a dog a bad ˈname idiom ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • give a dog a bad name —    A person who is generally known to have been guilty of some offence will always be suspected to be the author of all similar types of offence. Once someone has gained a bad reputation, it is very difficult to lose it.   (Dorking School… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • 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 …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • give a dog a bad name — British used for saying that once someone has a bad reputation, people will blame them for everything …   English dictionary

  • dog — dog1 [ dɔg ] noun count *** 1. ) an animal kept as a pet, for guarding buildings, or for hunting. A young dog is called a puppy: Have you fed the dog? Out on the street, a dog began to bark. dog food/biscuits a ) a male dog or a male animal that… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • dog — I UK [dɒɡ] / US [dɔɡ] noun [countable] Word forms dog : singular dog plural dogs *** 1) a) an animal kept as a pet, for guarding buildings, or for hunting. A young dog is called a puppy Have you fed the dog? Out on the street, a dog began to bark …   English dictionary

  • dog — see feed a dog for three days and he will remember your kindness for three years; feed a cat for three years and she will forget your kindness in three days give a dog a bad name and hang him dog does not eat dog every dog has his day every dog… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • bad — see a bad excuse is better than none bad money drives out good bad news travels fast a bad penny always turns up bad things come in threes there is no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • give — see give and take is fair play give a thing, and take a thing, to wear the devil’s gold ring give the devil his due it is better to give than to receive give credit where credit is due give a dog a bad name and hang him …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • name — see give a dog a bad name and hang him he that has an ill name is half hanged no names, no pack drill …   Proverbs new dictionary

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