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latrine rumor

dated In the military, any gossip, rumor, or unfounded information passed along in the latrines of soldiers. If the latrine rumors are to be believed, we're going to be relocated to an area outside of Danang next week. You shouldn't believe every latrine rumor you hear, son. When soldiers have too much time on their hands, they start spinning stories.
See also: latrine, rumor

rumor campaign

A concentrated and prolonged effort to damage or ruin someone's or some group's reputation through the perpetuation of rumors, innuendos, or falsehoods, generally as a means of persuading a large number of people against him, her, or them. Primarily heard in US. The local sheriff's slim lead heading into the election quickly evaporated after he found himself at the wrong end of a vicious rumor campaign. I think we need to start a rumor campaign to slow down the competitor's growth in the market, but no one can know that it's coming from us!
See also: campaign, rumor

rumor has it (that)

It is being rumored that (something is or will be the case). Rumor has it that the boss is using the company profits to pay off his own gambling debts. No one is certain where the money went, but rumor has it the CEO has been embezzling the funds into offshore accounts.
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rumor mill

The source from, or process by, which rumors are generated, spread, and perpetuated among a group of people. Primarily heard in US. Listen, Barry, you can't believe everything that comes out of the rumor mill. I can guarantee you that there will be no layoffs this year. One of the downsides of having a celebrity status is having every aspect of your life subjected to the Hollywood rumor mill.
See also: mill, rumor

rumor monger

Someone who is apt to gossip and spread rumors. Don't believe anything you hear from Tiffany—she's a real rumor monger.
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rumor has it that...

there is a rumor that... Rumor has it that Fred is seeing Mary and that they are engaged.
See also: rumor, that
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latrine rumor

(ləˈtrin ˈrumɚ)
n. any rumor, especially one that is alleged to spread at the latrine [general toilet facilities]. (see also furphy, scuttlebutt.) Somebody started spreading a latrine rumor about the colonel’s wife.
See also: latrine, rumor
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Since the same target may be rumored more than once and in more than one column, these columns are carefully scrutinized on a daily basis to ensure that the date of the first rumor publication from each column is obtained, as well as subsequent rumor publication dates for the same companies.
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The 10th anniversary smartphone is rumored to come with an ( embedded Touch ID .
One solution was to ditch the Touch ID altogether and rely on facial recognition through its rumored 3D-sensing camera, or to delay the production of the iPhone 8, but still reveal it alongside the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus.
The Note 8 battery is rumored to come with 3,300 mAh, while the Note 7 had a defective 3,500 mAh battery.
There have been other reports surrounding the iPhone 8's rumored wireless technology.
The dummy images show the device with a vertical-dual camera on the back of the device, which had been previously rumored.  The vertical system differs from the current iPhone 7 Plus that sports a horizontal dual-camera.
The iPhone 8 is expected to be released in September; however, some reports have said the release date for the 10th-anniversary smartphone could be ( delayed  because of key components for the rumored 3D-sensing camera.
The iPhone 7S is expected to be the smallest, followed by the iPhone 8, and the iPhone 7S Plus is rumored to be the biggest.
The iPhone 8 is rumored to have a price tag ( exceeding $1,000.
The iPhone 8 is rumored to be released with the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus, which are expected to come with LCD displays.
The iPhone 8, (what could also be called the iPhone X, iPhone Pro or iPhone Edition,) is rumored to come with a an ( OLED screen display , a ( 3D-sensing camera and could do away with the ( home button .
The iPhone 8 (iPhone X) is expected to come with and OLED screen display, with Samsung rumored to be the sole supplier.