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 figuresMore 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?
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.