gossip about

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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A first of its kind study dug deep into the nitty-gritty of gossips and tried to answer questions like who gossips the most, what topics do people gossip about, and how often people gossip.
A 2014 Dutch study reported that hearing gossip about others made people more reflective.
"Some would argue that gossip about others' negative attitudes and behaviours may motivate the listener to regulate their own similar behaviours and helps them act in a more socially appropriate manner should they recognise some of the gossip patterns within themselves," added Dr Brown.
"The only thing is, media should write interesting gossip about me, that is good read," the actor added.
The participants were asked to think about a woman who either frequently or rarely spread negative gossip about other people in their conversations.
First, let's classify gossips into two: one is gossip regarding an employee while the second is gossip about the company.
Researchers noted that participants often warned others about a selfish member's behavior or spread good gossip about someone.
For example, an IS longing for a favorite home country food who hears gossip about a "silly" student who went to a local grocery store expecting to find ethnic products may learn where to shop for home-country goods.
Epstein points out that "Gossip about people judged to be acting badly can also be gossip that, as the social scientists have it, enforces a community's norms." Faced with a difficult or questionable moral choice, some ask "What would Jesus do?" Should we fail to live up to that rather high standard, as Franklin predicted we would, we may settle for a more consequentialist approach: "What will the World say of me, if I act thus?
And because the story opens with gossip about Cohn and continues with it all the way to Madrid, the fact that our narrator is a gossip columnist must bear in a minor way upon the novel's form.
In particular, I refer to all the workers who gossip about their bosses in every office where I have ever worked.
The preacher in Jacob's Well tells the Tutivillus exemplum on three occasions, and as Phillips makes clear, the tale is transformed to seem more like gossip about his congregation by relating all the sins that the recording devil has captured in "this church." The transformative development of the exempla into idle talk is much more openly addressed and even knowingly used by Manning's Handlyng Synne, but there the narrator expresses a great deal of caution about blurring the boundaries between the two.
The most popular spot for having a gossip about work colleagues is outside while smoking, according to a new report.