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whispering campaign

the organized spreading of insinuations or rumors to destroy the reputation of a person, organization, etc.
Origin of whispering campaign
First recorded in 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The keen competition fought very shy of Mr. Peacock, thanks to the Bish and his whispering campaign.

    Fore! Charles Emmett Van Loan
British Dictionary definitions for whispering campaign

whispering campaign

the organized diffusion by word of mouth of defamatory rumours designed to discredit a person, group, etc
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Slang definitions & phrases for whispering campaign

whispering campaign

noun phrase

An effort at discrediting someone or something, esp by starting false rumors: start a whispering campaign against your product (1920+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with whispering campaign

whispering campaign

A deliberate spreading of derogatory rumors about a candidate, as in That whispering campaign destroyed his chances for election. [ c. 1920 ]
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