a false or slanderous story devised for political effect, esp. against a candidate for office
Origin of roorbackafter Baron von Roorback, imaginary author of a nonexistent book, Roorback's Tour … , said to contain spurious charges against presidential candidate James K. Polk (1844)
A false or slanderous story used for political advantage.
Origin of roorbackAfter Baron von Roorback invented author of the imaginary book Roorback's Tour Through the Western and Southern States, to whom Whig opponents of Democratic presidential candidate James K. Polk attributed a fabricated passage falsely stating that Polk branded his slaves in an attempt to discredit him during the 1844 presidential election campaigns (the passage was originally published in an Ithaca, New York, newspaper and was subsequently widely reproduced in the Whig press)
- Alternative form of roorbach.