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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 (that)

It is being rumored that. Rumor has it that the boss is using the company profits to pay off his own gambling debts. No one is certain where the money went, but rumor has it the CEO has been embezzling the funds into offshore accounts.
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.
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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.
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'Firstly, the news about my resignation is purely rumours.
The Abu Dhabi Food and Safety Authority had to squash 49 rumours from 2013-2018, including carcinogenic ingredients in chocolate Nutella spread.
Rumours of Pakistan changing its weekly off days have finally been put to rest.
When there is lack of material evidence, rumours only intensify allegations and turn modern-day legal arenas into 17th-century witch trials.
The consulate also denied the rumours regarding Dr Aafia's death.
Dietz, "Epidemics and rumours: A survey," Journal of the Royal Statistical Society.
As Sunstein argues, "In the era of the Internet it has become easy to spread false or misleading rumours about almost anyone.
The ChildLine founder said yesterday she had heard rumours about Savile since she started at the BBC in the early 70s - but "there is a real difference between rumour and evidence".
Rumours have been circulating on Facebook that the company is to open a Simply Food store on High Street.
In another similar incident in Karhal in Mainpuri district, rumours of cow slaughter allegedly by some Muslims triggered communal riots in the area.
Kendall, "Stochastic rumours," IMA Journal of Applied Mathematics, vol.
China's State Internet Information Office (SIIO) had said in May that it is "waging a war" - yes, nothing less than waging a war - against rumours spreading online as they "have impaired the credibility of online media, disrupted normal communication order, and aroused great aversion among the public."
Rarotonga, New Zealand, April 26, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Rumours Luxury Villas and Spa in Rarotonga has gained international recognition for its quality and service.
India, March 6 -- Fresh rumours circulating online state that Apple's long-time manufacturing partner, Foxconn may have already started production work on the iPhone 5S.
RUMOURS of his death have been flying thick and fast, forcing octogenarian DMK president M.