from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A false or slanderous story used for political advantage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Alternative form of roorbach.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A defamatory forgery or falsehood published for purposes of political intrigue.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fictitious story published for political effect; a “campaign lie.”
Defined literally, a roorback is a “defamatory falsehood published for political effect,” but I wanted the grand old word to stand for all the defamations and falsehoods published and proffered in our irreverent media age.
Thornton has traced bolter to 1812, filibuster to 1863, roorback to 1844, and split-ticket to 1842.
Dorgan knows how to make the best use of such a roorback on the eve of an election and even if
McLoughlin knows how to make the best use of such a roorback on the eve of an election, and even if I not only deny but prove that they are a fake, I'm afraid the harm will be done.
Elizur Wright purchased a Whig paper, and seeing a statement in it concerning the Free-soil candidate which he believed from internal evidence to be untrue, he said quite loud: "Well! this is the finest roorback I have met with."