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hear (something) on the grapevine

To hear or learn of something through an informal means of communication, especially gossip. I heard on the grapevine that Stacy and Mark are getting a divorce. A: "How do you know the company is going bust?" B: "I heard it on the grapevine."
See also: grapevine, hear, on

hear (something) through the grapevine

To hear or learn of something through an informal means of communication, especially gossip. I heard through the grapevine that Stacy and Mark are getting a divorce. A: "How do you know the company is going bust?" B: "I heard it through the grapevine."
See also: grapevine, hear, through

on the grapevine

Through or via an informal means of communication or information, especially gossip. There is always some absurd rumor or piece of misinformation on the grapevine at work, but I try to just tune most of that out. I heard on the grapevine that John is planning to propose to Samantha next week!
See also: grapevine, on

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!
See also: grapevine, through
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hear something through the grapevine

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hear something on the grapevine

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COMMON If you hear a piece of news through the grapevine or hear it on the grapevine, you are told it informally by someone who was told it by someone else. I heard through the grapevine that she was looking for work. She heard on the grapevine that he had come back to London. Note: One of the early telegraph systems in America was given the nickname `the grapevine telegraph' because the wires often became tangled, so that they reminded people of grapevines. During the American Civil War, the telegraph system was used to communicate propaganda and false information, as well as real news about the progress of battles, so that anything heard on the `grapevine' was likely to be unreliable.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

hear something on the grapevine

acquire information by rumour or by unofficial communication.
This phrase comes originally from an American Civil War expression, when news was said to be passed ‘by grapevine telegraph’. Compare with bush telegraph (at telegraph).
See also: grapevine, hear, on, something
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on/through the ˈgrapevine

by talking in an informal way to other people: I heard on the grapevine that you’re leaving.
See also: grapevine, on, through
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grapevine

n. an informal communications network. I heard on the grapevine that Sam is moving to the east.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Under the auspices of the California Grapevine Registration and Certification (CGR&C) program (www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/pe/nsc/nursery/grapevine.html), virus-screened material is provided through a systematic supply chain regulated by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA): CGR&C-certified vines are derived from registered nursery increase blocks where samples are collected and screened for viruses on a rotational basis and maintained in accordance with CDFA guidelines; the vines in registered nursery increase blocks are derived from foundation material at the Foundation Plant Services (FPS) department at UC Davis, where every vine is screened on a rotational basis and maintained in accordance with CDFA guidelines (Golino et al.
You might already make the rounds as a patron at local craft shows, but once you have created an inventory of grapevine crafts you could think about renting a booth space.
Currently, there are about five distinct species of grapevine leafroll-associated viruses (GLRaVs) found in cultivated grapes: GLRaV-1, 3, 4 in the genus Ampelovirus; -2 in the genus Closterovirus, and -7 in the genus Velarivirus (International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV), 2016).
Grapevines can grow well in just about any temperate climate, including your property.
Although the history of wine grape production in Virginia started in 1860's when settlers from Europe brought grapevines to the New World, the modern Virginia wine industry did not start until the mid-1980's due to many disease and insect problems.
Some Virus and Virus-Like Diseases of Grapevines. Bull Calif Dep Agric 1954; 43: 47-64.
Guests at Grapevine Canyon, Arizona, enjoy a morning ride.
A grapevine's leaves undergo photosynthesis, a process in which the plant uses energy from sunlight to convert water and the gas carbon dioxide into food: sugar.
Today, anyone who drives by the farm will see a sign proclaiming the place as "Eola Springs Vineyard," as trellises draped with mature grapevines climb the hillside.
Landscape architect Tito Patri celebrated the season in a Woodside garden by training 'Cabernet' grapevines over a custom arbor of soft-forged iron and recycled redwood.
Along the fence between my house and the girl's house I have fruit--an apple tree, a pear, a fig, and some grapevines.
The other side to this conflation of Henry and the grapevines is equally important.