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urban legend

noun
1.
a modern story of obscure origin and with little or no supporting evidence that spreads spontaneously in varying forms and often has elements of humor, moralizing, or horror:
Are there alligators living in the New York City sewer system, or is that just an urban legend?
Also called urban myth.
Origin of urban legend
1970-1975
First recorded in 1970-75
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