through the grapevine

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through the grapevine

Through or via an informal means of communication or information, especially gossip. There is always some absurd rumor or piece of misinformation through the grapevine at work, but I try to just tune most of that out. I heard through the grapevine that John is planning to propose to Samantha next week!
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References in classic literature ?
I dried myself in the sun, and dressed slowly, reluctant to leave that green enclosure where the sunlight flickered so bright through the grapevine leaves and the woodpecker hammered away in the crooked elm that trailed out over the water.
SANTA CLARITA -- Travelers heading north this morning on Interstate 5 are advised to check road conditions in case snow closes the freeway through the Grapevine.
Opinion leaders devour formal communication (see "Unveiling Grapevine Conversations," page 25), making them ideal partners for transforming workplace conversations through the grapevine.
Messages transmitted through the grapevine are normally referred to as "rumors.
Keep your ear open to the grapevine, and when the facts aren't right, send correct facts back through the grapevine.
Seldom does reading a scholarly book become a page-turning adventure, but that is what happened for me with Patricia Turner's I Heart It Through the Grapevine, a study of rumor in African American communities.
The ``polar express'' delivered another drenching storm to Southern California on Monday, flooding streets across the region with record rainfall and closing Interstate 5 from Castaic through the Grapevine with blizzard conditions.
You also stand the chance of running into the same fate as Marvin Gaye in his famous song "I Heard it Through the Grapevine -- you'll lose your lover [employees] to another.
Compare this to the virtually unpopulated and mountainous route through the Grapevine.
Rail authority staffers have argued a route through the Grapevine Pass would be shorter and therefore less expensive to build and operate.
The rail authority has not resolved the issue of what alignment the system would use from Northern California into Southern California - either along Interstate 5 through the Grapevine Pass or through the Antelope Valley with a stop in Palmdale.
Our Antelope Valley route will serve 37 percent more riders than the proposal to detour the railroad through the Grapevine Pass,'' said Supervisor Michael Antonovich, who made the motion for Tuesday's vote.
A rail route roughly following Interstate 5 north of Santa Clarita through the Grapevine Pass would cost $4.
By keeping that route instead of a line through the Grapevine Pass, the Los Angeles to San Francisco train service would generate $190 million to $479 million in economic development, the analysis claims.
With an Antelope Valley route, instead of one through the Grapevine, the Los Angeles-to-San Francisco service would generate between $190 million to $479 million in economic development.