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swift-boat

Syllabification: swift-boat

Entry from US English dictionary

Definition of swift-boat in English:

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

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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