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roorback

or roor·bach

[roo r-bak]
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noun
  1. a false and more or less damaging report circulated for political effect, usually about a candidate seeking an office.

Origin of roorback

1844, Americanism; after a fictitious Baron von Roorback, in whose travelogue occurred an account of an incident damaging to the character of James K. Polk
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roorback

noun
  1. US a false or distorted report or account, used to obtain political advantage

Word Origin

C19: after Baron von Roorback, invented author of an imaginary Tour through the Western and Southern States (1844), which contained a passage defaming James K. Polk
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