smear campaign

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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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Larry is the victim of a smear campaign Meanwhile, Evelyn starts a smear campaign about Larry the electrician, leaving Roy horrified.
NIGEL Farage accused Gordon Brown of mounting a smear campaign after the former prime minister demanded an urgent investigation into Brexit Party funding.
'The DSS doesn't conduct its duties in the manner so described and you can't use a fake security report to drag the presidency into a smear campaign against the President of the Court of Appeal.
US PRESIDENT Donald Trump's pick to fill a vacant seat at the Federal Reserve said yesterday a smear campaign was being waged against him, after past writings and comments about women sparked renewed criticism by Democratic lawmakers.
It's a smear campaign,' said Santos, who garnered 3,036 votes against his rival's 1,604 votes.
'The state started a smear campaign through newspapers.
As one of those hapless lifelong members of the party who had never come across any anti-Semitic sentiment in the party, the manifestos, the campaigns the leaflets or in the twice daily emails I was curious, and persuaded that maybe what was happening wasn't a smear campaign because of the proximity of the local elections.
Mr Msando was found murdered in Kiambu, just days to the August 8, 2017 General Election.This is the second time a court has indicted Mr Orengo for running a smear campaign against his opponent.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow's Daily Record hustings at the Labour conference, Sarwar blasted what he described as a smear campaign by the SNP and their media backers.
ISLAMABAD -- A spokesman of the Ministry of Finance has said some irresponsible and ill-motivated elements had started a smear campaign on social media against the ministry, falsely alleging that it has outsourced budget making to foreigners.
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.
TWO officers accused of being involved in a smear campaign against supporters of murdered Stephen Lawrence have been allowed to keep working.
SVEN-GORAN ERIKSSON has described the row over Rio Ferdinand's omission from ENGLAND'S Euro 2012 squad as "a smear campaign" against manager Roy Hodgson "Choosing Kelly over Ferdinand seems to have caught him in the crossfire and, having selected six Liverpool players, Roy is the target of a smear campaign," the Swede said.
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.
New Delhi, April 21 -- Congress President Sonia Gandhi in a virtual snub to overzealous party leaders who have launched a smear campaign against Anna Hazare has said she did not approve of such measures.