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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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Rumors are part of our everyday life, and its spread has a significant impact on human lives.
A fed-up Ahmad said: "What was said about the Muslim Brotherhood being behind my divorce with Haifa is a very strange and untrue rumor. It is unrealistic to base my life decisions on who is in political power.
"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.
The latest literature deals with particular rumors transmitted by way of the Internet, as discussed by Werner and Murray (2004).
Many were quick to point out that the user had no previous rumors confirmed to be true.
A few hours after the rumor started to spread on websites and social media, Park's agency, Blossom Entertainment, told local media outlets that the rumor is false.
Malacaaang denied the rumors but it was not clear whether Duterte underwent medical check-up.
'We warn the people who are behind these allegations and rumors that we will be cooperating with the appropriate law enforcement agencies to track down the people, the persons or parties responsible for creating and spreading these rumors,' Jimenez said.
The spread of rumors will be influenced by media coverage.
To identify the rumors spreading in microblog systems, several attempts have been made by microblog service providers.
A Comparison Study of Organizational Rumors and Gossip, Engagement, and Generations in the Working Sector of Puerto Rico
Rumors circulate rapidly as it is suggested that the Internet is harmful for society.
A new study at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev develops a new methodology for tracking rumors and offers guidelines for first responders and official agencies on how to control the rumors.
Based on the principle of system dynamics, the research of rumors by establishing rumors spreading models can date back to the 1960s.
These sessions also included the reality of rumors from religious, social, economic, technical and legal perspectives, how the government and private institutions deal with the rumors, the role of media, as well as means of verification of the rumors and how to activate the electronic media to serve the institutions .