by word of mouth


: by being told by another person
We learned of this great restaurant by word of mouth.

Examples of by word of mouth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This suggests that book owners valued such knowledge, and people of all classes were actively exchanging recipes and cures by word of mouth before writing the most useful ones down. Meg Leja, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Nov. 2023 In the days before July 21, 2019, rumors circulated in forwarded messages, then by word of mouth: Residents should be alert to possible violence, directed at those supporting the pro-democracy protest movement. Timothy McLaughlin, Washington Post, 3 Nov. 2023 Guided by word of mouth and frantic WhatsApp messages, Palmach rescued people from their safe rooms, many as their houses were burning. Loveday Morris, Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2023 By 2019, powered by word of mouth, Cameo had grown to 100 employees and raised $50 million from top venture firms, including Kleiner Perkins. Sapna Maheshwari, New York Times, 20 Oct. 2023 The community is powered by word of mouth, not to mention the sheer breadth of culture emanating from the islands, each of which is unique. Riann Phillip, Vogue, 5 Oct. 2023 The spur-of-the-moment gathering at Idle Hour was driven by word of mouth, initially coordinated by strike captains who had run picket lines at nearby CBS Radford, and included strike captain groups from Universal, WB and Netflix. Pamela Chelin, Los Angeles Times, 25 Sep. 2023 In the absence of a free press, news spread by word of mouth: thousands of people were tortured, or left to die, in detention centers. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, 11 Sep. 2023 Heady Topper’s reputation spread by word of mouth and online, especially on beer sites. Kevin Cullen,, 22 Aug. 2023 See More

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“By word of mouth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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