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rumor campaign

A concentrated and prolonged effort to damage or ruin someone's or some group's reputation through the perpetuation of rumors, innuendos, and/or falsities, generally as a means of persuading a large number of people against him, her, or them. Primarily heard in US. The local sheriff's slim lead heading into the election quickly evaporated after he found himself at the wrong end of a vicious rumor campaign. I think we need to start a rumor 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, rumor

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

whispering campaign

The spread of rumors, with the intent of damaging a person's reputation The whispering campaign that the opposition has launched against me is just awful! I haven't done any of the things they've claimed! I'm always skeptical of the terrible allegations that come out in these whispering campaigns.
See also: campaign, whisper

campaign against someone or something

 
1. to crusade or battle against someone or something. Currently, I am campaigning against littering. Sarah is campaigning against crooked politicians.
2. to run one's political campaign against someone or something. I campaigned against the incumbent and won. John spent a lot of time campaigning against Sarah for class president.
See also: campaign

campaign for someone or something

to support actively someone or someone's candidacy for political office. I would be very happy to campaign for you. I want to campaign for the winning candidate.
See also: campaign

smear campaign (against someone)

a campaign aimed at damaging someone's reputation by making accusations and spreading rumors. The politician's opponents are engaging in a smear campaign against him. Jack started a smear campaign against Tom so that Tom wouldn't get the manager's job.
See also: campaign, smear

smear campaign

An attempt to ruin a reputation by slander or vilification, as in This press agent is well known for starting smear campaigns against her clients' major competitors . This phrase was first recorded in 1938 and uses smear in the sense of "an attempt to discredit" or "slander."
See also: campaign, smear

whispering campaign

A deliberate spreading of derogatory rumors about a candidate, as in That whispering campaign destroyed his chances for election. [c. 1920]
See also: campaign, whisper
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The two ships are fitted with 30-millimeter cannons, but campaigners say the ships are open to terrorist attack as they are slower than the naval frigates that accompany nuclear cargoes on the high seas.
Campaigners who had sat through the proceedings immediately vowed to fight on regardless.
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We have offered all registered campaigners - including the two that applied to become lead campaigners - the opportunity to each place a short statement on the About My Vote website as well as a link to their own website.
Mr Schluessel revealed he and fellow campaigners had discussions with barrister MairCoombesDavies, fromCivitas Law, about their case.
In his later years, the sometime Liberal Democrat campaigner was also an advocate of assisted dying.
CAMPAIGNERS fighting to save a Black Country swimming baths were staging a big protest today.
Campaigners were highlighting the 500,000 people who have died across the world as a result of armed violence -one life for every minute of the day.
OTTAWA, Ontario -- Campaigner, a leading email marketing service provider, today announced that it will exhibit at the largest event in the history of e-retailing.
Iain Dale, who scuffled with campaigner Stuart Holmes as he tried to move him out of shot, admitted he had been "frankly idiotic".
But campaigner David Mc-Grath, from Meriden RAID, accused the travellers of "stringing out the legal process and tying everyone in knots using Dale Farm tactics to prolong their stay at the illegal site".
David Alwyn ap Huw Humphreys, who calls his blog Miserable Old Fart, said he was seeking registration as the lead No campaigner because he believes the Assembly should have more powers than are currently on offer.
Long-time campaigner Joanna Lumley, whose father served in a Gurkha regiment, said: ''I can't tell you the sense of elation, the sense of pride - pride in our country, pride in the democratic system and pride in our Parliament .
Sullivan will join Luc Vezina, VP Marketing and Product Management, Campaigner at the seminar.
Friends of the Earth international climate change campaigner Catherine Pearce said: "I think that just goes to show just how the Bush administration are so completely swallowed up by the oil industry it is very hard to see the difference.