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rumor has it (that)

It is being rumored that. 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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rumour campaign

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

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

COMMON People say rumour has it when they are telling you something that they have heard, but do not necessarily think is true. Rumour has it that tickets were being sold for £300.
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rumour has it

it is rumoured.
1993 Margaret Atwood The Robber Bride It's a good thing Roz didn't invest in that one, rumour has it that the backers are losing a shirt or two.
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Spread by a rumour, information which contains a moment of condemnation of an action or activity can by itself stimulate people to change their behaviour.
HBOS spokesman Shane O'Riordin said: "There has been a series of rumours in the market today.
The rumours alleged that Chinese garlic endangered the lives of consumers, and had a harmful effect on the nervous and respiratory system, which also included death.
Yet another rumour that aimed to tarnish the UAE's reputation suggested that the fire at Address Downtown Dubai hotel on New Year's Eve in 2015 was caused by the Houthis.
They appealed to the authorities to pursue those still spread this rumour online.
Since February, about 100 rumours have been busted or questions and statements responded to, and hospital bosses at the site say the bulletin has reduced the number of rumours circulating.
'Everyone has to be especially careful about rumours," she said, adding that creating panic by spreading rumour is tarnishing the country's image.
One of the latest rumours, which the government has vehemently denied, alleges an official plan to raise prices of drinking water and fuel, a sensitive issue for Egyptians, who have recently experienced a spate of price hikes due to harsh austerity measures.
Using the rumour mill as a counter-insurgency tactic depends on a key method; labelling any disagreement or demand for rights as betrayal.
The term "rumour," as Fine and Ellis (2010) note, is a one that has been used in a variety of ways in popular discourse.
DAME Smith's report reveals many BBC staff were aware of rumours about Savile's depravity.
MARKS and Spencer has quashed rumours it is to open a food store in Yarm.
On numerous occasions, it has been noted that a mere rumour causes Hindu-Muslim riots across the country; they are often initiated by the the Hindus and the pretext is consumption of beef; it occurs mostly in low income rural areas.
Huang, "On rumour spreading with skepticism and denial," Tech.