Definition of swift-boat in English:

swift-boat

Syllabification: swift·boat

verb

[with object] informal
  • Target (a politician or public figure) with a campaign of personal attacks: when he got swift-boated, his campaign staffers didn’t sit silently (as noun swift-boating) organized smearing and swift-boating of public figures
    More example sentences
    • In spite of continued attempts to swift-boat him, he remains one of America’s great naval leaders and patriots.
    • In Iowa yesterday, a reporter asked former House Speaker Gingrich if he felt he was being swift-boated.
    • Are you sick and tired of seeing all these Republican candidates swift-boating each other?

Origin

2004: with allusion to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, a political action committee that funded an advertising campaign criticizing 2004 US presidential candidate Senator John Kerry's record of military service aboard a swift boat, a type of US Navy patrol craft, during the Vietnam War.

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