hear through the grapevine

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Etymology[edit]

From the American Civil War, when telegraph wires were strung from tree to tree like vines.

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hear (something) through the grapevine

  1. (idiomatic) to hear rumors; to learn through friends of friends
    I heard through the grapevine that she likes him.

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