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.”
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.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)