Definition of rumour mill in English:

rumour mill


  • Used to refer to the process by which rumours and gossip are originated and circulated among a group of people.

    ‘the Washington rumour mill has been in overdrive ever since she gave in her notice’
    ‘this assurance has failed to stop the rumour mill as club officials continue to examine all their options surrounding the future of the club’
    • ‘The rumour mill has gone into overdrive this summer, with much excitement and speculation over Arnold Schwarzenegger's next blockbuster project.’
    • ‘Artists appearing are still to be confirmed but, as ever, the rumour mill has already gone into overdrive.’
    • ‘With that, the rumour mill started turning, with the suggestion that the channel was about to be relaunched under the ITV name.’
    • ‘The Hollywood rumour mill has been active with stories of post-production strife, while accounts of the film's lame ending have surfaced on the Internet.’
    • ‘However, since no one at Telewest was available for comment, the rumour mill will continue to work overtime until someone can be bothered to explain what happened.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the election rumour mill is working overtime.’
    • ‘"We try to get managers to tell staff what they can, as soon as possible, and to stop the rumor mill," he says.’
    • ‘Once Intel went public, the rumor mill didn't settle down one bit.’
    • ‘This was the first great Hollywood scandal, and the rumor mill went wild.’
    • ‘And after her highly publicized breakup, the rumor mill began to portray her as a Hollywood party girl.’
    • ‘During times of business uncertainty, the rumor mill turns faster than ever, often resulting in lower employee productivity.’
    • ‘The rumor mill was grinding furiously in the days leading up to Clinton's announcement.’
    • ‘Even self-obsessed pop stars didn't want the rumour mill to overshadow their music.’
    • ‘White House spokesman Scott McClellan dismissed the speculation as simply a part of what he called the beltway rumor mill.’
    • ‘The Wall Street rumor mill pegged even the $13 target as ambitious with some saying a $12 per share target might be more likely.’
    • ‘The likelihood of Imagine or DreamWorks taking over the film division seems to have diminished, but a bad run could start the rumor mill back up in an instant.’
    • ‘If you don't replace rumors with facts, the rumor mill takes over.’
    • ‘It often seems that my employees get information through the rumor mill before I am ready for disclosure.’