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roorback

[roo r-bak] /ˈrʊərˌbæk/
noun
1.
a false and more or less damaging report circulated for political effect, usually about a candidate seeking an office.
Also, roorbach.
Origin
1844
1844, Americanism; after a fictitious Baron von Roorback, in whose travelogue occurred an account of an incident damaging to the character of James K. Polk
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roorback

/ˈrʊəˌbæk/
noun
1.
(US) a false or distorted report or account, used to obtain political advantage
Word Origin
C19: after Baron von Roorback, invented author of an imaginary Tour through the Western and Southern States (1844), which contained a passage defaming James K. Polk
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