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Examples of scuttlebutt in a Sentence
according to scuttlebutt in the financial markets, the company will be downsizing soon
Recent Examples of scuttlebutt from the Web
Update: Lightly sourced scuttlebutt online suggests retailers may make new supplies of the Super NES Classic available at 1 p.m. ET today.
The scuttlebutt around Washington is that Bannon is on his way out, and not just out as in someday—out as in he won’t survive the weekend.
Wedick said agents are trained to read local news reports, chat with local activists and collect scuttlebutt.
The scuttlebutt last year said Nintendo was working on bringing GameCube games to the Switch.
While much gossip is rooted in apolitical personal viciousness and voyeurism, there is also a tradition of subversive scuttlebutt used to undermine political legitimacy.
Q: The scuttlebutt around the league is that after next season, LeBron James is likely to depart Cleveland.
The scuttlebutt was that the President Orange Tang Face was going to live tweet his reactions to Comey dumping bags of tea on the White House lawn.
There's even been scuttlebutt that behemoth Procter & Gamble may be in the mix.
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Scuttlebutt, the water cooler talk of 19th century seafarers
Nowadays, office workers catch up on the latest scuttlebutt around the water cooler, and when they do, they are continuing a long-standing (although not necessarily honorable) tradition. That kind of gossip sharing probably also occurred on the sailing ships of yore. Back in the early 1800s, the cask containing a ship's daily supply of freshwater was called a scuttlebutt; that name was later applied to a drinking fountain on a ship or at a naval installation. By the early 20th century, the term for the water source was also applied to the gossip and rumors generated around it, and the latest chatter has been called scuttlebutt ever since.
Origin and Etymology of scuttlebutt
First Known Use: circa 1805See Words from the same year
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