grapevine

[ greyp-vahyn ]
/ ˈgreɪpˌvaɪn /

noun

a vine that bears grapes.
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.
a private or secret source of information.

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Origin of grapevine

1645–55; 1860–65, Americanism for def 2; grape + vine

Definition for grapevine (2 of 2)

Grapevine
[ greyp-vahyn ]
/ ˈgreɪpˌvaɪn /

noun

a town in N Texas.
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British Dictionary definitions for grapevine

grapevine
/ (ˈɡreɪpˌvaɪn) /

noun

any of several vitaceous vines of the genus Vitis, esp V. vinifera of E Asia, widely cultivated for its fruit (grapes): family Vitaceae
informal an unofficial means of relaying information, esp from person to person
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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