to hear it on the grapevine

Idiom Definition

"to hear it on the grapevine"

to hear or learn of something informally (and thereby not necessarily accurately or representative of the truth) - usually, though not always, verbally

Idiom Definition - to hear it on the grapevine


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to hear it on the grapevine

Two teenagers are talking ...

Teen 1: Did you hear about Alicia?

Teen 2: No. What happened?

Teen 1: I heard she got caught smoking in the girl's bathroom and was expelled from school.

Teen 2: Where did you hear that?

Teen 1: I heard it on the grapevine this morning.

Teen 2:  Then we don't really know that it is true.

Teen 1: Yes, you're right.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to hear it on the grapevine

Two office workers are talking ...

Worker 1: I heard that there are going to be lay-offs soon.

Worker 2: Really?  Wow, that's big news. Are we going to lose our jobs?

Worker 1: I'm not sure. I heard the news from Ted who heard it from Alice who heard it from John in the mail room.

Worker 2: Then you've only heard about these lay-offs on the grapevine?

Worker 1: Yes.

Worker 2: Then I'm not going to worry about lay-offs.  It is only a rumor.

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to hear it on the grapevine - Gerund Form:

Hearing something on the grapevine doesn't make it the truth.

to hear it on the grapevine - Examples:

1)  And when stuff happens, you hear it on the grapevine. It's like a tribe.

2)  You will only hear about in the grapevine some fly-by-night places.

3)  Within professional football itself, other managers do get to hear things on the grapevine.

4)   I hear on the grapevine that the State Government is looking at a referendum to change the state's name 

5)  I've just heard that on the grapevine. We'll have to see if that's true.

6)  I also heard on the grapevine that Ray is going to be in a chocolate milk commercial!

7)  I hear on the grapevine she is a nasty piece of work.

8)  I heard it on the grapevine and I am a believer.

9)  So how can an organisation ensure that the message " on the grapevine " is ideally positive.

10)  Apparently not, although I hear on the grapevine that Tom Hicks Jr may be setting up a new outfit on Merseyside.

11)  It's a brilliant place for hearing about jobs on the grapevine.

12)  Managers should not rely on the grapevine to pass on news and information accurately.

13)  Incidentally, anyone heard the rumours on the grapevine this evening?

14)  From what I've heard on the grapevine, no definitive date has been set.

15)  And that response tends to travel on the grapevine too.

16)  I have met acquaintances who have heard about my illness on the grapevine.

17)  Even insects have mobile phones... puts the idea of hearing it on the grapevine into perspective!

18)  They hadn't heard anything either officially or on the grapevine, and that is good enough for me.

19)  I hear on the grapevine that you are considering jacking in your job and becoming a blogger.

20)  This news has been on the grapevine for a week or two but I didn't want to say anything publicly.