hear through the grapevine

Meaning(s)

1. learn something through an informal means of communication

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Professional

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Social

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I heard through the grapevine that he/she has lost his/her job

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To hear something 'through the grapevine' means to receive information informally or unofficially or through gossip or rumours usually by word of mouth. This is an informal idiom used in both professional and social contexts.

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  1. I don't know if this is true because it's just something I picked up on the grapevine, but apparently Sam and Mary are getting a divorce.
  2. I heard through the grapevine that Greg and Lyndsy are dating.

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  1. I heard through the grapevine that Alex has been fired because of something he said. Do you know if that is true?
  2. I'd rather tell the employees about the layoffs myself rather than risking them hearing it through the grapevine.

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