whispering campaign
noun Date: 1920 the systematic dissemination by word of mouth of derogatory rumors or charges especially against a candidate for public office

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • whispering campaign — ☆ whispering campaign n. the organized dissemination of defamatory rumors by word of mouth, intended to discredit a political candidate, group, cause, etc …   English World dictionary

  • whispering campaign — noun the organized dissemination of derogatory rumors designed to discredit a candidate • Hypernyms: ↑campaigning, ↑candidacy, ↑candidature, ↑electioneering, ↑political campaign * * * noun, pl ⋯ paigns [count] : an effort to spread rumors about… …   Useful english dictionary

  • whispering campaign — UK [ˈwɪspərɪŋ kæmˌpeɪn] / US / US [ˈhwɪspərɪŋ kæmˌpeɪn] noun [countable] Word forms whispering campaign : singular whispering campaign plural whispering campaigns a process in which someone secretly organizes for people to say unpleasant things… …   English dictionary

  • whispering campaign — {n.} The spreading of false rumors, or saying bad things, about a person or group, especially in politics or public life. * /A bad man has started a whispering campaign against the mayor, saying that he isn t honest./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • whispering campaign — {n.} The spreading of false rumors, or saying bad things, about a person or group, especially in politics or public life. * /A bad man has started a whispering campaign against the mayor, saying that he isn t honest./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • whispering\ campaign — noun the spreading of false rumors, or saying bad things, about a person or group, especially in politics or public life. A bad man has started a whispering campaign against the mayor, saying that he isn t honest …   Словарь американских идиом

  • whispering campaign — whispering cam.paign n a situation in which someone privately spreads criticism about another person in order to make people have a bad opinion of them …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • whispering campaign — Synonyms and related words: aspersion, character assassination, dirt, dirty politics, gossip column, imputation, innuendo, insinuation, juicy morsel, last minute lie, malicious gossip, muckraking, mudslinging, mudslinging campaign, personal… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • whispering campaign — quiet campaign, campaign that is not demonstrative in its efforts …   English contemporary dictionary

  • whispering campaign — whis′pering campaign n. the organized spreading of insinuations or rumors to destroy the reputation of a person, group, etc …   From formal English to slang

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