A false or slanderous story used for political advantage.
A false or slanderous story devised for political effect, esp. against a candidate for office.
Origin of roorback
- After Baron von Roorback , imaginary author of Roorback's Tour Through the Western and Southern States, from which a passage was purportedly quoted in an attempt to disparage presidential candidate James K. Polk in 1844
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition