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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HARD TO CAMPAIGNMr Ochieng alleged that the smear campaign claiming that he was involved in Msando's death and being linked to the Jubilee Party in an opposition stronghold whipped up emotions among the people making it difficult to campaign.
But the smear campaign has had its impact on the budding project.
Despite the smear campaign, Islam is spreading fast all over the world.
Arvind Kejriwal, a civil society representative in the 10-member joint committee set up earlier this month to draft the Lokpal Bill, said that no member of the committee would quit and asked for thorough background checks on all committee members as a way to bring the ongoing smear campaign to an end.
As for the statements appearing in the media, let me assure you that I do not support nor encourage the politics of smear campaigns," Gandhi said in her letter to Hazare.
Jarrah reportedly told Hariri that he and Future bloc were victims of a smear campaign mounted by the Syrian authorities and that pro-Hariris remain totally detached and unconcerned with Syrian domestic issues.
But allegations of a smear campaign blew up in the marginal Durham City seat, where Lib Dem chiefs believe their candidate Carol Woods has a good chance of winning.
For reasons unbeknownst to us, Mayweather, his father, Floyd Mayweather Sr, his adviser, Leonard Ellerbe and Golden Boy Promotions have decided to engage in a smear campaign against Mr Pacquiao," the group wrote.
Falcon Cars claims the business cards were old ones and distributed by a rival as part of a smear campaign.
On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me.
FULL STORY - PAGE 5 THE President of Calais has launched an astonishing smear campaign against Birmingham to try to poach 2012 Olympic athletes to France.
UAE: A former employee of real estate firm Dynasty Zarooni, who has been accused of conducting a smear campaign against his old company, was acting out of "jealousy", an industry source told 7DAYS.
He has never violated the public trust, never done favors for special interests or lobbyists, and he will not allow a smear campaign to distract from the issues at stake in this election.
Respect for a manager is not something Hillenbrand had last season when he was traded from Toronto to San Francisco after an escapade the newest Angel categorized as a smear campaign.
is rapidly mounting due to its escalation of the smear campaign to bring down the political system in the DPRK'' a Foreign Ministry spokesman was quoted as saying by the official Korean Central News Agency.