bush telegraph

bush telegraph

noun
1.
any system of communication in which the natives of a jungle or bush region transmit news rapidly, as by runners, drum codes, or smoke signals.
2.
Australian.
a.
any chain of communications by which criminals, originally bushrangers, are warned of police movements.
b.
Slang. rumor; the grapevine.

Origin:
1875–80

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bush telegraph
 
n
1.  a means of communication between primitive peoples over large areas, as by drum beats
2.  a means of spreading rumour, gossip, etc

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