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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

rumor mill

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

rumor has it that...

there is a rumor that... Rumor has it that Fred is seeing Mary and that they are engaged.
See also: rumor

latrine rumor

(ləˈtrin ˈrumɚ)
n. any rumor, especially one that is alleged to spread at the latrine [general toilet facilities]. (see also furphy, scuttlebutt.) Somebody started spreading a latrine rumor about the colonel’s wife.
See also: latrine, rumor
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UNLV interim coach Max Good is interested and other rumored candidates are UC Irvine's Pat Douglass, Purdue's Gene Keady, Creighton's Dana Altman, Texas Christian's Billy Tubbs and Xavier's Skip Prosser, among others.
That's probably because the coaching vacancy has turned into a circus with each different rumored candidate.
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99-inch Super AMOLED flexible display, not only returning it's formerly rumored size but rehashing a rumor about a flexible display.
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Other rumored free agents are two of Birdhouse's heavies (hint: not The Birdman or Willy), whose endorsement services axe the subject of a bidding war by a handful of distributors who want to launch the two's flagship brand(s).
Contracts are rumored to be done with A Corp and all of that.
Jon Cryer, Andrew McCarthy, Molly Ringwald and James Spader were rumored several years ago to be involved in a ``Pretty in Pink'' sequel that would be ``more nihilistic'' than the 1985 original.
San Diego pool pros Peter Hewitt and Steve Bailey are rumored to have found themselves a bit of the good life up in Oregon with tales of beautiful girls, home-cooked meals and acres of smooth concrete.
Management asserts further that neither the company, its registered agent nor its legal counsel is aware of any class action lawsuits initiated by shareholders or any other party, as has been rumored.
Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is rumored to have died in a car crash.
2) Giuliani and his aide Cristyne Lategano, rumored to be the ``other woman.
Ailing President Mobutu Sese Seko, often rumored these days to be dead physically if not politically, reportedly will return to Zaire today to confront an expanding rebellion that threatens to topple his 31-year dictatorship.
Blaser, for whom the rumored death of his program has been an annual affair, recalled the other day how nervous he was the first time he heard swimming might be cut his freshman year and how it became easier to sluff off the rumors.