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roorback

or roor·bach

[ roor-bak ]
/ ˈrʊərˌbæk /
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noun
a false and more or less damaging report circulated for political effect, usually about a candidate seeking an office.
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Origin of roorback

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

Word Origin for roorback

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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