Definition of rumor mill in English:

rumor mill

noun

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

    ‘the rumor mill says that he was reimbursed to the tune of $25 million’
    ‘this assurance has failed to stop the rumor mill as club officials continue to examine all their options surrounding the future of the club’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And after her highly publicized breakup, the rumor mill began to portray her as a Hollywood party girl.’
    • ‘With that, the rumour mill started turning, with the suggestion that the channel was about to be relaunched under the ITV name.’
    • ‘This was the first great Hollywood scandal, and the rumor mill went wild.’
    • ‘Even self-obsessed pop stars didn't want the rumour mill to overshadow their music.’
    • ‘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 rumor mill was grinding furiously in the days leading up to Clinton's announcement.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the election rumour mill is working overtime.’
    • ‘If you don't replace rumors with facts, the rumor mill takes over.’
    • ‘"We try to get managers to tell staff what they can, as soon as possible, and to stop the rumor mill," he says.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Once Intel went public, the rumor mill didn't settle down one bit.’
    • ‘During times of business uncertainty, the rumor mill turns faster than ever, often resulting in lower employee productivity.’
    • ‘It often seems that my employees get information through the rumor mill before I am ready for disclosure.’
    • ‘White House spokesman Scott McClellan dismissed the speculation as simply a part of what he called the beltway rumor mill.’