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jungle telegraph

An informal means of communication or information, especially gossip. Used most commonly in the phrase "hear (something) on the jungle telegraph." (Analogous to "hear (something) through the grapevine.") Primarily heard in UK. I heard on the jungle telegraph that Stacy and Mark are getting a divorce! A: "How do you know the company is going bust?" B: "I heard it on the jungle telegraph."
See also: jungle, telegraph

hear (something) on the jungle telegraph

To hear or learn a something through an informal means of communication, especially gossip. Primarily heard in UK. I heard on the jungle telegraph that Stacy and Mark are getting a divorce! A: "How do you know the company is going bust?" B: "I heard it on the jungle telegraph."
See also: hear, jungle, on, telegraph

telegraph one's punches

 
1. Fig. to signal, unintentionally, what blows one is about to strike. (Boxing.) Wilbur used to telegraph his punches until his trainer worked with him. Don't telegraph your punches, kid! You'll be flat on your back in twenty seconds.
2. Fig. to signal, unintentionally, one's intentions. When you go in there to negotiate, don't telegraph your punches. Don't let them see that we're in need of this contract. The mediator telegraphed his punches, and we were prepared with a strong counterargument.
See also: punch, telegraph

the bush telegraph

  (British & Australian)
the way in which people quickly pass important information to other people, especially by talking News of the redundancies spread immediately on the bush telegraph.
See beat about the bush
See also: bush, telegraph

telegraph one’s punches

1. tv. to signal, unintentionally, what blows one is about to strike. (Boxing.) Don’t telegraph your punches, kid! You’ll be flat on your back in twenty seconds.
2. tv. to signal, unintentionally, one’s intentions. The mediator telegraphed his punches, and we were prepared with a strong counter argument.
See also: punch, telegraph
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Telegraphers spread knowledge nationally, though the value of their education was lessened by deskilling beginning in the 1890s.
On completing his course, Barnes was certified as a telegrapher and assistant weather observer and was sent to help construct a section of the Atlantic coastal telegraph lines that ran from Lewes Delaware to Chincoteague, Va.
While working as a relief telegrapher on the Frisco Railroad, a young Autry was discovered by Will Rogers who, after hearing Autry sing and play the guitar while wiring his daily syndicated newspaper column, encouraged him to go into show business.
Born May 31, 1897, and raised on a farm in the New York countryside - her mother a farm girl from Massachusetts, her father a telegrapher for Joseph Pulitzer's New York World newspaper - she was the third of six children.
The widows of Sir John Franklin and George Armstrong Custer invented the heroic lives of their deceased husbands, but Foster was no hero to his wife, a skilled telegrapher rather than a writer.
Wilfrid Bonenfant started his career as an apprentice telegrapher.
In college, Reed put his hobby aside and worked nights as a telegrapher for the Southern Pacific Railroad, communicating with dispatchers about the precise movements of trains in order to direct traffic.
Davis began his railroad career at the Union Pacific Railroad in 1957 as a student telegrapher.
Davis, 56, started his railroad career in 1957 when he joined the Union Pacific as a student telegrapher.
He worked as a telegrapher for Southern Pacific Railroad and was wire chief for the railroad in Eugene from 1964 until his retirement.
The daughter of a railroad telegrapher and concert violinist always has been proud of her St.
He worked for more than 20 years as a telegrapher and a drawman for Southern Pacific Railroad.
He served in the British Navy in World War II, from 1942 to 1945, as a telegrapher aboard the HMS Speaker aircraft carrier in the Pacific Theater.
He worked as a telegrapher and train dispatcher for Southern Pacific Railroad for 36 years and retired in 1985.
She later worked as a telegrapher for Southern Pacific Railroad and as a nurse's aide and ward clerk for hospitals in Susanville, San Bernardino, Calif.