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    simsim is offline Newbie
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    false flag attack

    I'm looking for an English saying/term for the following situation:

    I hate person A, and wish to see him destroyed
    in the past, Person A has said minor negative things about Person B and C
    I create an online avatar and pretend to be a loyal supporter of Person A
    I let everyone know what Person A has said about person B and C, with slight exaggeration.
    I state my personal opinion that B and C are vile and evil, and supporter/fan of B and C are also vile and evil

    The real aim is to deceive Person B/C and their supporters to attack Person A.
    The closest thing I can think of is "false flag attack". Is there one better?

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    Re: false flag attack

    Hi, and welcome to the forum.

    Please correct the information in your profile. The forum requires members to give truthful information. It's not personally identifiable.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Re: false flag attack

    False flag attack is fine.

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    Re: false flag attack

    Quote Originally Posted by simsim View Post
    I'm looking for an English saying/term for the following situation:

    I hate someone and wish to see him destroyed.
    In the past, he has said minor negative things about two others.
    I create an online avatar and pretend to be a loyal supporter of him.
    I let everyone know what he has said about the others, with slight exaggeration.
    I state my personal opinion that the other two are vile and evil, and their supporters are also vile and evil.

    The real aim is to deceive the two and their supporters to attack him.

    The closest thing I can think of is "false flag attack".

    Is there one better?

    I don't know that they're better, but you could use slandering, libeling, smearing, mud-slinging, or bad-mouthing.
    Welcome, Simsim!

    Punctuate the ends of all sentences.

    It seems to me that too many people spend too much time trying to deceive people online.
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    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: false flag attack

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    By giving incorrect information in their profile?
    Well, that, too, I guess, now that you mention it.

    Regarding Sim's post about deceiving people online: bad idea.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Re: false flag attack

    I think the genie's out of the bottle on that one.

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