Definition of rumor mill in US English:

rumor mill


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

    ‘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 rumor mill says that he was reimbursed to the tune of $25 million’
    • ‘This was the first great Hollywood scandal, and the rumor mill went wild.’
    • ‘Artists appearing are still to be confirmed but, as ever, the rumour mill has already gone into overdrive.’
    • ‘During times of business uncertainty, the rumor mill turns faster than ever, often resulting in lower employee productivity.’
    • ‘Even self-obsessed pop stars didn't want the rumour mill to overshadow their music.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It often seems that my employees get information through the rumor mill before I am ready for disclosure.’
    • ‘The rumour mill has gone into overdrive this summer, with much excitement and speculation over Arnold Schwarzenegger's next blockbuster project.’
    • ‘Once Intel went public, the rumor mill didn't settle down one bit.’
    • ‘If you don't replace rumors with facts, the rumor mill takes over.’
    • ‘The rumor mill was grinding furiously in the days leading up to Clinton's announcement.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘"We try to get managers to tell staff what they can, as soon as possible, and to stop the rumor mill," he says.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the election rumour mill is working overtime.’
    • ‘With that, the rumour mill started turning, with the suggestion that the channel was about to be relaunched under the ITV name.’
    • ‘The Wall Street rumor mill pegged even the $13 target as ambitious with some saying a $12 per share target might be more likely.’
    • ‘White House spokesman Scott McClellan dismissed the speculation as simply a part of what he called the beltway rumor mill.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And after her highly publicized breakup, the rumor mill began to portray her as a Hollywood party girl.’


rumor mill

/ˈro͞omər ˌmil/