smear campaign


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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
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There is no truth in his allegation of a smear campaign.
Like much of Press's story, it is fiction, part of a smear campaign being waged by him and a small group of other fringe pseudo-journalists.
Daily Mail when contacted Jemima to get her statement regarding the allegations, she strenuously denies being involved in any smear campaign , with her spokesman telling that "Jemima is fully supportive of her ex-husband.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) on Wednesday demanded the initiation of a parliamentary investigation against former Interior Minister Efkan Ala for malpractice and for assisting criminals by providing fabricated evidence to the pro-government media as part of a smear campaign against the party.
The body charged with investigating complaints against the police has said it cannot investigate claims of a smear campaign against the family of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence because of lack of evidence.
He is said to have taught them to use dirty tricks like the infamous smear campaign against gay Labour candidate Peter Tatchell.
FURIOUS Labour MPs yesterday called on First Minister Alex Salmond to call a halt to an SNP smear campaign.
Dhaka: The foreign minister of Bangladesh has accused The Economist of running a smear campaign against the country after the magazine said India had funded the ruling party s 2008 election victory.
BELGIAN side Club Brugge have parted company with goalkeeper Stijn Stijnen after he was linked to an apparent internet smear campaign waged against some of his team-mates.
London, Aug 24 (ANI): One of the two women who were behind an alleged smear campaign against the founder of the controversial WikiLeaks website, Julian Assange, has said she supported the rape claim after experiencing unwelcome sexual advances from Assange.
Summary: Joanna Lumley hits out at what she claims was a Government smear campaign that saw her accused of "deathly silence" over Gurkhas' rights.
FORMER French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin was yesterday cleared of being involved in a smear campaign against President Nicolas Sarkozy when he stood for election.
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The smear campaign has been launched to divide the political forces, he said.
MOST government spin doctors do a good job - despite revelations that a Downing Street official planned a smear campaign against opposition MPs, Birmingham MP Liam Byrne has insisted.