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grapevine

[greyp-vahyn] /ˈgreɪpˌvaɪn/
noun
1.
a vine that bears grapes.
2.
Also called grapevine telegraph. a person-to-person method of spreading rumors, gossip, information, etc., by informal or unofficial conversation, letter writing, or the like.
3.
a private or secret source of information.
Origin of grapevine
1645-1655
1645-55; 1860-65, Americanism for def 2; grape + vine

Grapevine

[greyp-vahyn] /ˈgreɪpˌvaɪn/
noun
1.
a town in N Texas.
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British Dictionary definitions for grapevine

grapevine

/ˈɡreɪpˌvaɪn/
noun
1.
any of several vitaceous vines of the genus Vitis, esp V. vinifera of E Asia, widely cultivated for its fruit (grapes): family Vitaceae
2.
(informal) an unofficial means of relaying information, esp from person to person
3.
a wrestling hold in which a wrestler entwines his own leg around his opponent's and exerts pressure against various joints
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Word Origin and History for grapevine
n.

1736, from grape + vine. Meaning "rumor source" is 1862, U.S. Civil War slang for "telegraph wires."

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Slang definitions & phrases for grapevine

grapevine

adjective

Coming from an unofficial source of rumor or news: a grapevine item/ grapevine gossip (1863+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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