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dirty trick

An action used for one's benefit that is unethical or dishonest. Every election cycle, the competing candidates always accuse each other of dirty tricks. I really wish you had been honest with me from the start about causing damage to my car. Blaming the neighbor was a real dirty trick.
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dirty tricks

Undercover or clandestine operations and deceitful stratagems in politics and espionage. For example, This campaign has been dominated by the dirty tricks of both sides. The adjective dirty here is used in the sense of "unethical" or "unfair." The term originally was applied to covert intelligence operations carried out by the Central Intelligence Agency, whose planning directorate was nicknamed "department of dirty tricks." It later was extended to underhanded activity intended to undermine political opponents and commercial rivals. [1940s]
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This year, Congress should take strong action to prevent the dirty tricks before they occur.
He must wonder if it's all a dirty trick designed to spike his chances of ever leading the Tories out of the pit.
FORMER US ambassador to Ireland Richard Egan has been accused of taking part in a dirty tricks campaign to scupper John Kerry's bid for the White House.
ELECTION trails and dirty trick campaigns have always gone hand in hand in the world of politics.
This is a dirty trick and shows how terrified Labour is that I will win.
What you have here is a last-minute political dirty trick they probably thought they would get away with,'' Cooley said.
It's not just this dirty trick that was exposed, but the council itself - exposed as a shameless, 15-headed monster with an unlimited appetite for power and the public's money.
SUPERVISORS Yvonne Brathwaite Burke and Gloria Molina are trying to play a dirty trick on Los Angeles County taxpayers.
The dirty trick of choice among both parties now is the push-poll, which pollsters say is not a poll at all.
Connerly, a University of California Regent and Sacramento businessman heading the Yes on Proposition 209 campaign, called the invitation to Duke a dirty trick designed to undercut support for the California Civil Rights Initiative on the Nov.
No one was actually threatening to close the hospital, but the Tory candidate has been given free reign to play every dirty trick in the book.
Voters will see this tactic as a dirty trick that offends and insults the millions of Californians who oppose preferences, but want nothing to so with the KKK.
When the dirty tricks escalate from annoying to terrifying, May's secret sideline as the publisher of a line of sexy romance novels comes into play.
It is often called DDT -- meaning not dichloro diphenyl trichloroethane, the colourless, tasteless, odourless insecticide it should be, but the department of dirty tricks," he told a gathering that included CBI Director Ranjit Sinha and other top officers.
It is often called DDT - meaning not dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane, the colourless, tasteless, odourless insecticide it should be, but the Department of Dirty Tricks," said Gandhi.