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rumor campaign

A concentrated and prolonged effort to damage or ruin someone's or some group's reputation through the perpetuation of rumors, innuendos, and/or falsities, generally as a means of persuading a large number of people against him, her, or them. Primarily heard in US. The local sheriff's slim lead heading into the election quickly evaporated after he found himself at the wrong end of a vicious rumor campaign. I think we need to start a rumor 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, rumor

rumor mill

The source from, or process by, which rumors are generated, spread, and perpetuated among a group of people. Primarily heard in US. Listen, Barry, you can't believe everything that comes out of the rumor mill. I can guarantee you that there will be no layoffs this year. One of the downsides of having a celebrity status is having every aspect of your life subjected to the Hollywood rumor mill.
See also: mill, rumor

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

latrine rumor

dated In the military, any gossip, rumor, or unfounded information passed along in the latrines of soldiers. If the latrine rumors are to be believed, we're going to be relocated to an area outside of Danang next week. You shouldn't believe every latrine rumor you hear, son. When soldiers have too much time on their hands, they start spinning stories.
See also: latrine, rumor

rumor has it that...

there is a rumor that... Rumor has it that Fred is seeing Mary and that they are engaged.
See also: rumor, that

latrine rumor

(ləˈtrin ˈrumɚ)
n. any rumor, especially one that is alleged to spread at the latrine [general toilet facilities]. (see also furphy, scuttlebutt.) Somebody started spreading a latrine rumor about the colonel’s wife.
See also: latrine, rumor
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The KKW Beauty owner went on to explain that because her family is always in the spotlight, they do their best to not talk about rumors surrounding other family members.
Apart from Duterte's visit, there were rumors that Eusebio and Vice Mayor Iyo Caruncho Bernardo were suspended because of their failure to address the drug problem in the city.
As the court had issued a strict gag order on behalf of the Israel Defense Forces, which included a prohibition to publish any information regarding the event, including the existence of the gag order itself, the public used rumors to fill the information gap.
W (t) represents the number of people who spread rumors through traditional media; N (t) represents the total population in the new media environment; [beta]I represents the infection rate coefficient of the propagators in S(t)and I(t); [beta]W represents the infection rate coefficient between S(t)and the propagators through traditional media; a represents when propagators meet or propagators and immune people meet, the probability of propagator turning into immune people; [gamma] represents the probability of propagators in new media environment turning into propagators in traditional media environment.
18 -- A new rumor has come through, suggesting that Microsoft might be launching the Lumia 650 on February 1.
If you have found yourself passing on unverified rumors in the past, please consider these questions before your next "creation":
The distressed businessman went on to say: "I was also shocked about rumors claiming that I'm now involved with another Lebanese artist, which is also not true.
An extreme minority of netizens had been spreading various rumors online, with some slandering others with fabricated pictures and some deliberately spreading rumors under the pretext of seeking others' help to dispel these rumors," the SIIO statement had said.
We focus on published rumors in those sites and investigate their effects on the selected stocks' performance using data sets of events prior to and after the rumor(s) becoming public knowledge.
Recently six people were arrested for spreading rumors about 'military vehicles entering Beijing' through micro-blogging services.
Individuals are much more likely to believe false rumors that they receive in e-mails from friends and family.
Aa When the investigations come to an end, the results will be openly announced and those responsible for propagating the rumors will be held accountable.
Since the late 1970s, commercial rumors about companies and their offerings have become the dominant form of hearsay in mass circulation (Koenig, 1985).
of South Australia) synthesize the old and new research findings in psychology about how rumors work.
Rumors of a new Disneyland are as common as the Disney movie of the week.