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spin doctor

Slang. a press agent skilled at spin control.
Also called spinmeister.
Origin of spin doctor
1985-1990 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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British Dictionary definitions for spin-doctor

spin doctor

(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
Word Origin
C20: from the spin given to a ball in various sports to make it go in the desired direction
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spin control

noun phrase

: Spin control is the subtle art of massaging reporters' minds after the event has taken place. The ''doctors'' try to control the interpretation, or ''spin,'' the reporters will put on their stories (mid1980s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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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.”
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