whispering campaign

noun

Definition of whispering campaign 

: the systematic dissemination by word of mouth of derogatory rumors or charges especially against a candidate for public office

Examples of whispering campaign in a Sentence

He was the target of a whispering campaign started by his political rivals.

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These are the political tactics that people use, and in the past there's evidence these whisper campaigns have been successful. NBC News, "The dirty tricks of Oscar campaigns, and what to expect at the 2018 Academy Awards," 4 Mar. 2018 At the same time, a whisper campaign against him started to get louder. Philip Elliott, Time, "Republicans Brace for a Brutal House Leadership Race," 1 June 2018 Those can range from civil and criminal action to public condemnation and social-media whisper campaigns. Errin Haines Whack, chicagotribune.com, "Hero, harasser or both? Shaun White's newly complex legacy," 19 Feb. 2018 His aggressive, spare-no-expense style of campaigning for his films sometimes stirred animosity and created a kind of arms race with other distributors, and he was accused on a number of occasions of starting whisper campaigns against rival films. Josh Rottenberg, latimes.com, "Harvey Weinstein expelled from motion picture academy," 14 Oct. 2017

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1920, in the meaning defined above

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whispering campaign

noun

English Language Learners Definition of whispering campaign

: an effort to spread rumors about someone in order to hurt that person's reputation

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