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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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'I have been in politics long enough to know that a smear campaign is one of the tools you deploy when your case is weak, so from the intensity of the smear campaign discerning political watchers, i know that no real case can be made against me.
Kim admitted he met several times with "druking," the leader of an online community responsible for the smear campaign.
Kitui DCIO Steven Birgen confirmed police were in possession of Mr Musya's laptop and phones, which he is believed to have used used to run the smear campaign against the governor.
The spokesman said the individuals mentioned in the smear campaign were consultants hired by the European Union under a grant given to Pakistan to help improve the pubic financial management in Pakistan.
According to Atayev, the smear campaign against Kimse Yok Mu is unacceptable, as millions of people around the world have been helped by the charitable foundation.
SIR - Following on from the smear campaign against Mike Parker - so expertly dismantled by Martin Shipton in the Western Mail - the Ceredigion Liberal Democrats have resorted to personal attacks against Elin Jones, AM, in their latest leaflet.
"All those behind the smear campaign against me think lowly of the poor and those who are darkskinned," he said.
But the smear campaign has had its impact on the budding project.
Despite the smear campaign, Islam is spreading fast all over the world.
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.
The left-winger described the smear campaign as 'orchestrated and disgusting' but said he was pleased his reputation had been restored following publication of the report.
Now Percy is a Hogwarts graduate and assistant to Minister Fudge, and his blind affection for his masters leads him to join the smear campaign against Harry.
said the smear campaign had done little to dent her hopes.
Justice Aggrey Muchelule would then nullify Mr Rasanga's victory as the county boss because of the smear campaign ran by the ODM brigade in 2013.History repeated itself Thursday when the High Court in Kisumu dealt the party a blow after Justice Trispsisa Cherere ruled that former Ugenya MP David Ochieng successfully convinced the court that he could not seek votes during the run-up to the elections because his opponent in ODM had damaged the environment by claiming he had a hand in the killing of Mr Msando."I find that the campaign was perverted and compromised the integrity of the election.