any system of communication in which the natives of a jungle or bush region transmit news rapidly, as by runners, drum codes, or smoke signals.
- any chain of communications by which criminals, originally bushrangers, are warned of police movements.
- Slang. rumor; the grapevine.
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Origin of bush telegraph
First recorded in 1875–80
Words nearby bush telegraph
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British Dictionary definitions for bush telegraph
a means of communication between primitive peoples over large areas, as by drum beats
a means of spreading rumour, gossip, etc
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