rumor mill

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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
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Lady Gaga and Cooper's alleged secret relationship has been in the rumor mill since they starred together in "A Star Is Born." After Lady Gaga broke things off with her fianceA Christian CarinoA earlier this year, speculations grew rife that Cooper was the reason behind their split.
His absence in the Aces' tune-up games were, what he said, got the rumor mill going that he's been let go.
Just hours after his passing, the rumor mill was spinning like there's no tomorrow, with talks about a will, an unauthorized picture taken on Mahmoud's deathbed, his last words, and a load of things the media shouldn't be discussing.
Reports of an Amazon-branded smartphone have been circulating in the rumor mill for years; with the expectation the phone would run a version of the Android OS that Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets uses.
Still, the rumor mill predicted even the date when this new device would be unveiled: October 17.
And so you, more or less, take it for granted, even though you (or your spouse) get butterflies every time the rumor mill starts churning or a new broadcaster starts a report with "More layoffs were announced by ___" and your company is named.
The rumor mill is always generating claims about some miracle lube that does a better job on your weapon or vehicle than anything the Army has approved.
The rumor mill has Bobby "Cellar Door" Puleo cut from the mighty Enjoi squad, and in an unrelated bit of gossip, Fabrizio "The Breeze" Santos chopped from Shorty's.
Today, however, the rumor mill has become more like a high-tech echo chamber thanks to blogs, instant messaging and agency chat systems.
Years and years ago, on Day 2 of what was turning out to be a very boring trade show, we got into a discussion of how fast the rumor mill in this industry actually works.
The first and most common, though not terribly effective, is the rumor mill. I had been with my previous organization for about a year when I went to my site chief (satellite clinic lead physician) to ask about a rumor.
The rumor mill also has the Swiss making a push to entice the international peacekeeping organization.
For Mel the romance is a realization of her real identity, but for Avery it is a confusion of warmth and physical attraction that puts them into the rumor mill of the small New York town.