whispering campaign


noun

the organized spreading of insinuations or rumors to destroy the reputation of a person, organization, etc.

Nearby words

  1. whisky-jack,
  2. whisper,
  3. whispered,
  4. whisperer,
  5. whispering,
  6. whispering gallery,
  7. whisperingly,
  8. whisperous,
  9. whisperously,
  10. whispery

Origin of whispering campaign

First recorded in 1915–20

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British Dictionary definitions for whispering campaign

whispering campaign

noun

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