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To harm your own reputation - synonyms or related words



to cause yourself or someone else to lose respect or a good reputation



formal to make people stop respecting you because of something bad you have done

go down in someone’s opinion

to become less respected by someone than you were before, because of something that you have done

lose face

to no longer impress people or be respected by them, especially by showing that you are not in control of a situation

lower yourself

to do something that will make you lose the respect of other people

fall from grace/favour

to lose your position, or to lose the respect or approval of other people

come down in someone’s estimation/opinion

to become less respected by someone than you were before, because of something you have done

blot your copybook

to do something that spoils your good reputation, for example at work

debase yourself

formal to behave in a way that makes people lose respect for you


the American spelling of dishonour


gig economy

an employment concept in which people are paid for each specific, short-term task that they do and don't have conventional contracts of employment

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fake news

a sensational piece of news which does not map to reality, created to attract attention or damage somebody's reputation

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