bush telegraph

noun

Definition of bush telegraph

1 : a means whereby the inhabitants of a jungle or bush rapidly spread news from person to person
2 chiefly Australia : an informal but well-organized system of word-of-mouth communication transmitting plans and movements of the police : grapevine
3 : unofficial information : rumor

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“Bush telegraph.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bush%20telegraph. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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