The British Idiom – Give a dog a bad name
Definition of Give a dog a bad name
When somebody has been blamed for something, particularly something bad, in the past, it will be assumed by others that they will do the same in the future.
Examples of Usage of Give a dog a bad name
I got into trouble once at school when I was young and every time anything bad happened after that my name always came up. Talk about give a dog a bad name. As soon as Jake stepped off the train they arrested him on suspicion of burglary even though he was out of town on the day it happened. I guess it’s a case of give a dog a bad name.
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