Meaning of “give a dog a bad name” in the English Dictionary

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"give a dog a bad name" in British English

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give a dog a bad name

UK saying

said when someone has been accused of behaving badly in the past, with the result that people expect them to behave like that in the future

(Definition of “give a dog a bad name” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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