One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The action or practice of trying to limit the spread of rumours; specifically the official or organized provision of information to counter or correct rumours which might cause unrest or confusion; a service which provides such information.
2Humorous (originally Military). A notional (official) source of rumours; the rumour mill.
1940s; earliest use found in Public Opinion Quarterly. From rumour + control.
rumour control/ˈruːmə kənˌtrəʊl/
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