spin doctor


Definition of spin doctor

: a person (such as a political aide) responsible for ensuring that others interpret an event from a particular point of view

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Other Words from spin doctor

spin-doctor \ ˈspin-​ˌdäk-​tər How to pronounce spin doctor (audio) \ verb

Examples of spin doctor in a Sentence

The spin doctors from both sides were already declaring victory for their candidates as soon as the debate ended.
Recent Examples on the Web Surely, there is some GOP spin doctor who can come up with a catchier, more precise name for Joe Biden’s $2 trillion partisan monstrosity? David Harsanyi, National Review, "It’s Not a COVID-Relief Bill. It’s Christmas for Democrats," 24 Feb. 2021 In a profession often regarded with skepticism, Mr. Rubenstein, the founding chairman and president of Rubenstein Associates, was sometimes called a spin doctor, a charlatan or worse. New York Times, "Howard J. Rubenstein, Public Relations Impresario, Dies at 88," 29 Dec. 2020 Trump undermined the efforts of his spin doctors by providing his own take just a bit later. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Trump bleaches the story of his coronavirus briefings," 26 Apr. 2020 Wagner has also been active in Africa, providing protection for President Faustin-Archange Touadéra of the Central African Republic and allegedly sending spin doctors to influence elections in Madagascar, Zimbabwe and elsewhere. The Economist, "The Kremlin is encouraging Guinea’s president to ditch the constitution," 21 Oct. 2019 Baritone Noel Bouley made the Philistine High Priest a smooth spin doctor with rich, easy volume; bass-baritone Tomas Tomasson grabbed onto the role of the nefarious Abimélech with aggressive relish. Matthew Guerrieri, Washington Post, "‘Samson and Delilah’ has old-school opera style and strengths," 2 Mar. 2020 Panjandrums such as Tony Blair’s loathed former spin doctor, Alastair Campbell, pretended that what was needed was a second vote. Douglas Murray, National Review, "Brexit, for Real This Time," 19 Dec. 2019 Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s former spin doctor who was accused of beefing up the case for Britain and America to invade Iraq, had done just that, Mulville said. Alex Marshall, New York Times, "A Show That Laughs at Boris Johnson, and May Have Aided His Rise," 29 Oct. 2019 Proekt, an investigative website founded by several of Russia’s leading independent journalists, bases its story on anonymous interviews with sources close to the government, to Rosatom, and to the spin doctors themselves. Max De Haldevang, Quartz, "Russia allegedly meddled in Bolivia’s controversial election," 16 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of spin doctor

1984, in the meaning defined above

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“Spin doctor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spin%20doctor. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of spin doctor

informal : a person (such as a political aide) whose job involves trying to control the way something (such as an important event) is described to the public in order to influence what people think about it

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