Definition of rumour control in US English:

rumour control

(US rumor control)

noun

US
  • 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.

Origin

1940s; earliest use found in Public Opinion Quarterly. From rumour + control.

Pronunciation

rumour control

/ˈruːmə kənˌtrəʊl/