the word on the street
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word on the street
The information, or the version of that information, that is currently spreading from person to person, often in a particular setting, like school or work. A: "The word on the street is that you're pregnant." B: "What? That is simply not true!" There are so many people stopping by Shelly's office because word on the street is that she's leaving the company.
the word on the streeta rumour or piece of information currently being circulated. informal
1992 Victor Headley Yardie The word on the street was that Roy was hooked and had smoked a fair amount of the crack himself.