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A rumour or story, especially one that is untrue or absurd:‘I remembered the schoolyard furphies about sewer gangs’
- ‘No, and really, it is a bit of a furphy to suggest that it does.’
- ‘The 10% figure often cited, which comes from the Kinsey Report has long been dismissed as a furphy.’
- ‘I'm continually told by people I meet about the brilliant presentation they heard which said that this is all a furphy and it's just scaremongering.’
- ‘Property booms in the UK and NZ also prove that it is a furphy to claim that tax fuelled Australia's boom.’
- ‘Simon Moglia from Victoria Legal Aid says it's a furphy to suggest the powers are not over-reaching.’
- ‘Museum Manager-Curator, Capt Linda Graham, believes the story is a furphy.’
- ‘There would have been absolutely nothing new in the weak disclosures in company annual reports that started in Australia in the later 1990s, so that's a complete furphy.’
- ‘Please, all this talk about ‘getting in on the ground floor’ of new regional security arrangements is nothing but a furphy.’
- ‘The idea that the enforcement of criminal law is an aspect of foreign policy is odious, and in any country with an independent judicial system, is a furphy.’
- ‘There's a furphy about losing manufacturing jobs offshore.’
First World War: from the name painted on water and sanitary carts manufactured by the Furphy family of Shepparton, Victoria; during the war they became popular as a place where soldiers exchanged gossip, often when visiting the latrines.
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