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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Definitions for furphy

  1. Australian. a false report; rumor.

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Citations for furphy
The furphy is we're heading to Siam, but if you believed every bloody furphy we've been told, we'd've been home a dozen times by now. Mark Dapin, Spirit House, 2011
I didn't mention your dad but I said it had probably never been more than a rumour, a furphy put about by Lew Broughton. John Charalambous, Silent Parts, 2006
Origin of furphy
Furphy comes from the name of a brand of carts manufactured by the Furphy family of Shepparton, Victoria (Australia), and used during World War I.