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smear campaign

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsmear campaignˈsmear camˌpaign noun [countable]  LIEa deliberate plan to tell untrue stories about an important person in order to make people lose respect for them – used especially in newspapers
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smear campaignRepublicans accused the Democrats of launching a smear campaign.However, Melancia maintained that he was the innocent victim of a politically motivated smear campaign.The smear campaign involved unsigned leaflets circulated around Fintown, Glenties, Doochary and Lettermacaward.The smear campaign was also extended to political and other organisations associated with the majority cause.
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