roorback

or roor·bach

[ roor-bak ]

noun
  1. a false and more or less damaging report circulated for political effect, usually about a candidate seeking an office.

Origin of roorback

1
An Americanism first recorded in 1844, 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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British Dictionary definitions for roorback

roorback

/ (ˈrʊəˌbæk) /


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

Origin of roorback

1
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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