to hear it through the grapevine

Idiom Definition

"to hear it through 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 through the grapevine


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to hear it through 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 through 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 through 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 through the grapevine?

Worker 1: Yes.

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

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to hear it through the grapevine - Gerund Form:

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

to hear it through the grapevine - Examples:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10)  Apparently not, although I hear through 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 through the grapevine.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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