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a false and more or less damaging report circulated for political effect, usually about a candidate seeking an office.
Americanism; after a fictitious Baron von
in whose travelogue occurred an account of an incident damaging to the character of James K. Polk
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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) a false or distorted report or account, used to obtain political advantage
C19: after Baron von
, invented author of an imaginary
Tour through the Western and Southern States
(1844), which contained a passage defaming James K. Polk
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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