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verb (used with object)
  1. to attack (a candidate or public figure) systematically, especially in the media.
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Origin of bork

1988, Americanism; after Judge Robert H. Bork, whose appointment to the Supreme Court was blocked in 1987 after an extensive media campaign by his opponents
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  • So Bork and Thorkel both ran forward and were quicker than Thorgeir.

  • Why not send for my friend, the famous Doctor Bork, of Christiania?

  • A minute later Hanson, Bork and Nema were alone with the old man.

    The Sky Is Falling

    Lester del Rey

  • Behind him, he heard Bork's chuckle and the soft laughter of Sather Karf.

    The Sky Is Falling

    Lester del Rey

  • There was a sharp explosion, a hissing, and Bork's voice calling.

    The Sky Is Falling

    Lester del Rey

Word Origin and History for bork


1987, "to discredit a candidate for some position by savaging his or her career and beliefs," from name of U.S. jurist Robert H. Bork (1927-2012), whose Supreme Court nomination in 1987 was rejected after an intense counter-campaign.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper