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spin doctor

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noun
  1. Slang. a press agent skilled at spin control.
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Origin of spin doctor

First recorded in 1985–1990
Also called spinmeister.
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British Dictionary definitions for spin doctor

spin doctor

noun
  1. informal a person who provides a favourable slant to an item of news, potentially unpopular policy, etc, esp on behalf of a political personality or party
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Word Origin

C20: from the spin given to a ball in various sports to make it go in the desired direction
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Idioms and Phrases with spin doctor

spin doctor

An individual charged with getting others to interpret a statement or event from a particular viewpoint, as in Charlie is the governor's spin doctor. This term, born about 1980 along with spin control, uses doctor in the colloquial sense of “one who repairs something.”

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