rumor mill

rumor mill (plural rumor mills)

  1. (American spelling, idiomatic) A process in which a group or network of persons originate or promulgate gossip and other unsubstantiated claims.
    • 1963, "[,9171,875015,00.html A Kennedy Speaks to a Lodge]," Time, 5 Jul.,
      For months the Washington rumor mill has ground out gossip about who might replace U.S. Ambassador Frederick E. Nolting Jr.
    • 2008, "Zimbabwe Opposition Claims Victory ↗," New York Times, 30 Mar. (retrieved 19 Sep. 2008),
      Unofficial results instead traveled through the rumor mill, passed along on mobile phones from one part of the country to another.
  • gossip mill

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