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Creating the impression of public support by paying people in the public to pretend to be supportive.

The false support can take the form of letters to the editor, postings on message boards in response to criticism, and writing to politicians in support of the cause.

Astroturfing is the opposite of "grassroots", genuine public support of an issue.
Mike, admit you just got caught astroturfing. You're just pimping your own blog.

Microsoft didn't have grassroots support, so they created astroturf support.
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Phrase meaning that a deceased cannot rest in peace until society changes due to the circumstances of a death.
People said rest in power for the unarmed man had been shot by the police.
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Pretending to be a grassroots movement, when in reality the agenda and strategy are controlled by a hidden, non-grassroots organization. In this manner, a faux show is presented, consisting of robotic individuals pretending to be voicing their own opinions.
Moms Demand Action is astroturfing for Bloomberg and all of their followers are clueless housewives with too much wine.
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v. The technique of using boiler plate text to advance a political agenda. "Astroturfing" is typically done by sending the same letter to every newspaper one can find. A certain number of newspapers will be duped into thinking that the letter is original and heartfelt when it is neither.
Many newspapers were astroturfed with the pro-Bush letters posted at the pResident's web site. Many newspapers were convinced that a number of soldiers worship Bush as the Messiah incarnate.
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Fake marijuana (not real grass)
Puff - puff - COUGH! - splutter
β€œThat’s not ganga, that’s Astroturf!”
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When an individual is packing a bowl in his or her car, there is an often occurance when marijuana is dropped on the floor. When retrieved; it often has pieces of debris and fragments of substances indiginous to ones ride.
"Aw dude you totally astro turfed that bowl, but who cares cause were going to smoke it anyway"
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Completely underrated. Astro turf should be used to pave driveways and should replace sidewalks, as well as everyones lawn. It should be used for clothes and curtains. Everything should be covered in it.
My astro turf rug is so awesome!
by I Heart Astro Turf July 06, 2005
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