the bush telegraph

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.
See also: bush, telegraph

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.
See also: bush, telegraph
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The bush telegraph from Willie Mullins' Closutton yard is that the eight-yearold, announced as finished for the season in December but chosen by Ruby Walsh in preference to Min, is firing again.
In the Bush Telegraph, Iain - who had to munch on turkey testicles and camel brain in his trial - said: "I think my biggest achievement has been staying in the jungle, because there's been a couple of times when I've wanted to go.
She adds: "Toff and I nearly died laughing when Amir ran over about four days into the jungle saying, 'Guys, guys, you know in the Bush Telegraph they're recording what we're saying?
In the Bush Telegraph, George started to cry and was really upset.
The recent news that a graphene light bulb will shortly go on sale, with a claimed 10 per cent reduction in energy use, has got physicists chattering on the bush telegraph.
It's old fashioned sexism," Charlie later told the Bush Telegraph.
He added: "I get some bizarre requests in the Bush Telegraph but Justin asks me for a chicken sandwich every day.
He dumped Carly's possessions in the Bush Telegraph, commenting in footage to be shown tonight: "One gone, nine to go, see you later.
You have broken Phina Oruche down in 10 days," she told the Bush Telegraph.
But, by the time they arrived at the Bush Telegraph to collect their prize - the cheesecake had been eaten by a rat.
So we are having to rely on the bush telegraph to let people know it is for sale.
Running down from the Bush Telegraph, she yelled "I'm staying - but I need a big hug.
Jordan later told the Bush Telegraph she thought Lydon secretly feared being evicted.
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.