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to attempt to discredit (a person) by underhanded means, as innuendo, accusation, or the like.
Contemporary Examples

The Mary Tyler Moore Show: The Happy, back-stabbing Homemaker Before White played a golden girl, she played a mean girl.
Betty White’s 15 Funniest Moments The Daily Beast Video January 16, 2010

actions or remarks that are treacherous and likely to cause harm to a person, esp a friend or colleague


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