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furphy

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noun, plural fur·phies. Australian.
  1. a false report; rumor.

Origin of furphy

1910–15; after Furphy carts water and rubbish carts manufactured by the Furphy family of Shepparton, Victoria, and used during World War I; compare parallel semantic development of scuttlebutt
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British Dictionary definitions for furphy

furphy

noun plural -phies
  1. Australian slang a rumour or fictitious story

Word Origin

C20: from Furphy carts (used for water or sewage in World War I), made at a foundry established by the Furphy family

Furphy

noun
  1. Joseph, pen name Tom Collins . 1843–1912, Australian author. His works include the classic Australian novel Such is Life (1903) and The Buln-Buln and the Brolga (1948)
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