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gossip about (someone or something)

To speak about someone or something in a hurtful or spiteful manner. Those popular girls are always gossiping about someone in our class. Oh please, I know you're the one who gossiped about me and started those awful rumors!
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gossip about someone or something

to talk maliciously about someone or something. Who are you gossiping about now? They are gossiping about what happened last weekend.
See also: gossip
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Schmidt (2010) conducted a study in the United States and examined the effects of office gossip on cognition-affective, organizational commitment, engagement, and organizational citizenship behaviors.
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Gossip, loosely defined as idle talk or private affairs of people other than the speaker and his or her narrow band of listeners, is everywhere on the planet Earth; only thing that varies from place to place or region to region, is the degree of exaggeration attached to it by the people involved in the art - which is more or less determined by the motive and the social status of the very people: at one extreme, for some, it is just habitual and they can't help it and the effect borders on mere innocence; at the other extreme, there are serious manipulators with an agenda, though.
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