whispering campaign

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

Origin of whispering campaign

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First recorded in 1915–20

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How to use whispering campaign in a sentence

  • It's true that Sotomayor has been the victim of a rather clumsy whispering campaign.

    The GOP's Supreme Problem | Reihan Salam | May 27, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Removing Geithner (as the whispering campaign is already suggesting) won't in and of itself free up the credit markets.

  • The keen competition fought very shy of Mr. Peacock, thanks to the Bish and his whispering campaign.

    Fore! | Charles Emmett Van Loan

British Dictionary definitions for whispering campaign

whispering campaign

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

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Other 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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