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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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This respondent frames her objection to a perceived gossip request by articulating her general point of view about gossiping. She clearly views gossiping as detrimental to the fabric of society and therefore any perceived request to gossip immoral.
Examples of 'bad' gossip include spreading malicious rumours or adding to the truth in a negative way that can benefit the individual doing the gossiping.
At religious level, gossiping is one of the ten sins as far as Buddhists are concerned.
Higher scores reflect more gossiping. The Cronbach alpha internal consistency score reliability was .87 (Nevo et al., 1993).
Similar to the proof of Theorem 1, in (n, n + 1], we randomly choose node i and node j for gossiping. We define a Lyapunov function V(n) = [[summation].sup.N.sub.m=1] [x.sup.2.sub.m](n).
Under the right conditions and in small doses, gossiping could perhaps be harmless fun.
Gossiping always seems like fun--when it's about other people.
As employees strive to achieve a healthy work-life balance by curtailing bad habits such as junk food, alcohol, or nicotine, one impulse that often falls under the radar, yet can be just as addictive and cancerous, goes unaddressed: gossiping.
Have you heard the one about the office workers who were sacked for gossiping?
Tom Long said: "A US company has banned its workers from gossiping and four US workers have been sacked for gossiping but it is unlikely that a charge of 'gossiping' by itself would be enough to justify dismissal in the UK.
Q We have an enormous problem with gossiping in our lab.
In an office setting, gossiping becomes a way of networking.
This additional difference between the gossip and the social non-gossip information might also be predicted by theories which argue that the function of gossiping is to transmit information about other people's antisocial behaviour, in order to learn about their reputation and protect against exploitation.
In fact, gossiping too little can be at least as risky as gossiping too much, according to Sarah Wert, a psychologist at Yale University.
The amount of time spent gossiping about work related issues ranged from 1 to 2 minutes per incident for some, to 90 minutes on one occasion for one respondent.