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rumor mill

The source from, or process by, which rumors are generated, spread, and perpetuated among a group of people. Primarily heard in US. Listen, Barry, you can't believe everything that comes out of the rumor mill. I can guarantee you that there will be no layoffs this year. One of the downsides of having a celebrity status is having every aspect of your life subjected to the Hollywood rumor mill.
See also: mill, rumor
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It was just a few months ago that the rumor mills were buzzing in Detroit about about the fate of General Motors Chairman Rick Wagoner as Carlos Ghosn was collaborating with investor Kirk Kerkorian on the possibility of Renault/Nissan buying a stake in the world's largest automaker.
Within hours of the start of the April 20 shooting, gossipmaster Matt Drudge fed the rumor mills by posting an item on his Web site that suggested the two student shooters were gay.