furphy

noun
fur·​phy | \ ˈfərfē \
plural -es

Definition of furphy

slang, Australia
: a false report : rumor

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History and Etymology for furphy

from Furphy (carts), water and sanitation carts used during World War I in Australia, from the Furphy manufacturing company, Shepparton, Victoria, Australia

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“Furphy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/furphy. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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