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whispering campaign

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

First recorded in 1915–20
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Related Words for whispering campaign

innuendo, insinuation, slander

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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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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