Definition of bush telegraph in US English:

bush telegraph


  • A rapid informal network by which information or gossip is spread.

    • ‘Distortions on the bush telegraph begin, via the Chinese whispers effect.’
    • ‘The industry bush telegraph is predicting more job cuts at Ericsson ahead of its Q1 earning figures on Friday.’
    • ‘If a web site changes, but the change is not immediately visible, then any consequence is dependent on the web bush telegraph slowly widening the knowledge base.’
    • ‘The jazz bush telegraph has ensured that audiences for jazz in Howden are continuing to grow, with people travelling from Leeds, Scarborough, York and Hull.’
    • ‘Then we heard on the bush telegraph that some new people had taken over - a Scotsman, who had learned his skills as a chef all over the world, and his wife were now serving up some tasty treats at Colton.’
    • ‘The industry's bush telegraph often gives competitors several month's warning of a launch.’
    • ‘Rumours merely coursed through the international reporters' bush telegraph.’
    • ‘The bush telegraph has never made so much money; telecomms deregulation has no effect on volume business.’
    • ‘He reckons the bush telegraph would soon get the others to slow down.’
    • ‘Given the nature of the Aboriginal bush telegraph, and the fact that a lot of station hands were supposedly involved, it seems improbable that nothing ever leaked out over the years concerning the supposed murders.’
    system, complex, interconnected structure, interconnected system, complex arrangement, complex system, nexus, web
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bush telegraph

/bʊʃ ˈtɛləˌɡræf//bo͝oSH ˈteləˌɡraf/