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smear campaign

A concentrated and prolonged effort to damage or ruin someone's or some group's reputation through the perpetuation of claims about their failures or faults, whether these are true, exaggerated, or falsified. Generally as a means of persuading a large number of people against him, her, or them, especially in a political election. Primarily heard in US. The local sheriff's slim lead heading into the election quickly evaporated after a vicious smear campaign began targeting his former substance abuse. I think we need to start a smear 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, smear

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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One outcome of this shift appears to the ubiquitous, but apparently effective smear campaign.
But the smear campaign has had its impact on the budding project.
The smear campaign isn't limited to the group; youth activists and revolutionary movements have faced similar accusations, often being called thugs when protesting.
Despite the smear campaign, Islam is spreading fast all over the world.
A British member of Parliament accused his opponents of launching a smear campaign against him in April by alleging that he had taken bribes from Saddam Hussein.
While there may be a smear campaign against Lomborg, he should have expected it: His stance required him to find the right numbers and the perfect quotes, and to manipulate data to reach his predetermined conclusion.
As creditors meet in Birmingham today to discuss reclaiming more than pounds 100 million owed by TransTec, Mr Robinson said he had been the victim of a Tory smear campaign.
The media have reported that prosecutors already possess evidence that Kwon was directly involved in various smear campaigns, including the news conference, and are expected to arrest him Saturday at the earliest.
Prosecutors summoned a former chief of the Agency for National Security Planning (NSP), South Korea's intelligence organization, for questioning Friday in connection with his alleged role in masterminding a smear campaign against President Kim Dae Jung prior to the nation's December election.
Organized smear campaigns against journalists are shameful and unacceptable," Abakay told Today's Zaman.
Rengin Arslan, a Turkish journalist reporting for the British public broadcaster BBC from Turkey, has been another victim of recent smear campaigns against journalists covering domestic events for international media.
Kazim said the smear campaign against him appeared to be organized as several Twitter accounts that threatened him were only following him and had no other contacts.
Badea Abu Al-Naja | Arab News <p>MAKKAH: A number of Islamic organizations took part in a forum organized by the Muslim World League (MWL) recently to coordinate efforts in support of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon) against smear campaigns.
The forum called for the establishment of media centers in Western countries to monitor smear campaigns against the Prophet and properly answer them.
eto na naman mga black propaganda, mga smear campaign against the Vice President.