bush telegraph


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the bush telegraph

Word of mouth; the grapevine. Don't expect that to stay a secret in this office—the bush telegraph is swift around here.
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the bush telegraph

BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
The bush telegraph is the way in which information or news is passed from person to person in conversation. No, you didn't tell me, but I heard it on the bush telegraph. Jean-Michel had heard of our impending arrival in Conflans long before we got there. The bush telegraph on the waterways is extremely effective. Note: This expression refers to a primitive method of communication where people scattered over a wide area beat drums to send messages to one another.
See also: bush, telegraph

bush telegraph

a rapid informal spreading of information or rumour; the network through which this takes place.
This expression originated in the late 19th century, referring to the network of informers who kept bushrangers informed about the movements of the police in the Australian bush or outback. Compare with hear something on the grapevine (at grapevine).
See also: bush, telegraph

ˌbush ˈtelegraph

the spreading of news quickly from one person to another: Everyone knew about it before it was officially announced: the bush telegraph had been at work again. Bush in this phrase refers to the areas of wild land in Australia. Bush telegraph originally meant the people who informed bushrangers (= criminals who lived in the bush) about the movements of the police.
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In the Bush Telegraph, Iain said: "Oh my god that's my sister, she emigrated to New Zealand two and a half years ago and I've not seen her since and I didn't expect to see her here.
He added: "I get some bizarre requests in the Bush Telegraph but Justin asks me for a chicken sandwich every day.
He was discovered close to an historic bush telegraph station, a few miles from the town where he was staying.
So we are having to rely on the bush telegraph to let people know it is for sale.
Black Dyke hopes to use the brass band world's bush telegraph and bandspeople to round up as many former players as possible.
Running down from the Bush Telegraph, she yelled "I'm staying - but I need a big hug.
The 10 celebrities taking part in the ITV show also made a cake for Alex Best's birthday, after they received the ingredients in the Bush Telegraph as a surprise.
Danniella earlier opened her heart in the Bush Telegraph, saying she needed to attend one of the group counselling sessions which have been a central part of her life since she stopped taking drugs.
Hot on the heels of 'war driving' (see Dangerous driving , May 2001) comes 'war chalking', the digital equivalent of the bush telegraph for hackers looking for unprotected wireless Internet access.
Authorities closed the airport due to fears that the animals may collide with aircraft according to the ABC Rural Bush Telegraph.
Whitehall's bush telegraph is buzzing with tales that we could hear Stephen Byers' verdict on the multiples' profitability sooner, rather than later.
Speaking in the Bush Telegraph, Iain said: "I think my biggest achievement has been staying in the jungle because there have been a couple of times when I've wanted to go and I tend to walk away from things, so staying in here has been a big achievement.
The 30-year-old has had fans in stitches with a string of clangers in camp, including his surprise that chats in the Bush Telegraph were filmed.