spin doctor

noun
Slang. a press agent skilled at spin control.
Also called spinmeister.


Origin:
1985–1990

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spin doctor
 
n
informal a person who provides a favourable slant to an item of news, potentially unpopular policy, etc, esp on behalf of a political personality or party
 
[C20: from the spin given to a ball in various sports to make it go in the desired direction]

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spin doctor definition


  1. n.
    someone who provides an interpretation of news or an event in a way that makes the news or event work to the advantage of the entity employing the spin doctor. (Usually in political contexts in reference to manipulating the news.) : Things were going bad for the president, so he got himself a new spin doctor.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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spin doctor

An individual charged with getting others to interpret a statement or event from a particular viewpoint, as in Charlie is the governor's spin doctor. This term, born about 1980 along with spin control, uses doctor in the colloquial sense of "one who repairs something."

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Only a crafty blue spin doctor could make such a claim.
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