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See also: Grapevine
grapevine (plural grapevines)
- The plant, a vine of genus Vitis, on which grapes grow.
- Synonym: winetree
- Although many grape vines have geographical names, those rarely reflect their real origin, if known at all.
- A rumor.
- An informal person-to-person means of circulating information or gossip.
- I heard through the grapevine that Jim will be leaving soon.
- 1920, Mary Roberts Rinehart; Avery Hopwood, “The Shadow of the Bat”, in The Bat: A Novel from the Play (Dell Book; 241), New York, N.Y.: Dell Publishing Company, OCLC 20230794, pages 6–7:
- The Bat—they called him the Bat. […] Most lone wolves had a moll at any rate—women were their ruin—but if the Bat had a moll, not even the grapevine telegraph could locate her.
- (skating) A move in which the feet are alternately placed in front of each other, while both remaining on the ice or ground, incorporating half-turns.
- (wrestling) A leglock.
- (informal person-to-person means of circulating information): bush telegraph, jungle telegraph, mulga wire, rumor mill
the plant on which grapes grow
informal means of circulating gossip
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