spin doctor


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spin doctor

n. Slang
A person who publicizes favorable interpretations of the words and actions of a public figure, especially a politician.

spin doctor

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) informal a person who provides a favourable slant to an item of news, potentially unpopular policy, etc, esp on behalf of a political personality or party
[C20: from the spin given to a ball in various sports to make it go in the desired direction]

spin′ doc`tor


n.
Slang. a press agent skilled at spin control.
[1980–85]

spin doctor

A person whose job is to promote the best possible interpretation of a politician’s acts or statements.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spin doctor - a public relations person who tries to forestall negative publicity by publicizing a favorable interpretation of the words or actions of a company or political party or famous person; "his title is Director of Communications but he is just a spin doctor"
public relations person - a person employed to establish and promote a favorable relationship with the public

spin doctor

noun PR person, publicist, propagandist, PRO, PR man, public relations officer, press agent, PR woman a spin doctor-turned-minister
Translations
Spindoktor
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