- 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
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- the organized diffusion by word of mouth of defamatory rumours designed to discredit a person, group, etc
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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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