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- (US, politics, pejorative) To attack a politician with specious claims.
- (slang) To trick, scam, or swindle.
- If you're going to try and swiftboat me for the Petermann account, keep on dreaming.
- As the term's non-political origin is still widely recognized, some refrain from using it as a verb in a political context out of respect for veterans not associated with the political group.