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rumour campaign

A concentrated and prolonged effort to damage or ruin someone's or some group's reputation through the perpetuation of rumours, innuendos, and/or falsities, generally as a means of persuading a large amount of people against him, her, or them. Primarily heard in UK. Finding himself at the wrong end of a vicious rumour campaign, the local MP's slim lead heading into the election quickly evaporated. I think we need to start a rumour campaign to slow down the competitor's growth in the market, but no one can know that it's coming from us!
See also: campaign, rumour

rumour mill

The source from or process by which rumours are generated, spread, and perpetuated among a group of people. Primarily heard in UK. Listen, Barry, you can't believe everything that comes out of the rumour mill. I can guarantee you that there will be no redundancies this year. One of the downsides of gaining celebrity status is having every aspect of your life subjected to the Hollywood rumour mill.
See also: mill, rumour

rumor has it

It is being rumored that. Rumor has it that the boss is using the company profits to pay off his own gambling debts.
See also: rumor

rumour has it

COMMON People say rumour has it when they are telling you something that they have heard, but do not necessarily think is true. Rumour has it that tickets were being sold for £300.
See also: rumour

rumour has it

it is rumoured.
1993 Margaret Atwood The Robber Bride It's a good thing Roz didn't invest in that one, rumour has it that the backers are losing a shirt or two.
See also: rumour
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On the other hand, there exist a lot of means enabling to decrease considerably the scale of rumours circulation in the society.
HBOS spokesman Shane O'Riordin said: "There has been a series of rumours in the market today.
Halifax Bank of Scotland was at the centre of the rumours after its shares plunged amid speculation of funding problems.
Dubai: Dubai Municipality responded to and clarified 35 rumours in the past six months, the civic body said on Monday.
Noting that rumours spread fast, especially through social media, the advisory said rumour-mongers "love to spread anything" without verifying the sources and considering the harm it may cause to people.
The UAE is in dire need of a specialised centre to instantly track, analyse and refute rumours against the country, according to experts here.
Researchers at Ohio State University found that fewer than one-third of people who had previously heard and believed one of the many rumours about the proposed centre changed their minds after reading overwhelming evidence rejecting the rumour.
Since February, about 100 rumours have been busted or questions and statements responded to, and hospital bosses at the site say the bulletin has reduced the number of rumours circulating.
The campaign aims to educate the community about the importance of cross-checking information rather than spreading rumours.
Her statement came amid reports that French intelligence bugged the telephone calls of Rachida Dati, Sarkozy's former justice minister, to see whether she had played a role in the rumours.
But in a statement tonight, his spokeswoman said that repeating the rumours could result in legal action.
Under Federal Decree No 5 for 2012 on combating cybercrimes, spreading rumours "damaging social peace and public order" and causing damage to "national peace" empowers the UAE government to prosecute the concerned individuals.
Mobile phones have been buzzing with rumours about a gang that has been using children to lure victims into its trap.
A common pattern about the rumours is they resurface after a few years although proven untrue by the authorities in the past, he said.
Last week, the Abu Dhabi police said spreading of malicious rumours or fake news via smart phone is an offence penalised by the law.