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furphy

[fur-fee] /ˈfɜr fi/
noun, plural furphies. Australian.
1.
a false report; rumor.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; after Furphy carts water and rubbish carts manufactured by the Furphy family of Shepparton, Victoria, and used during World War I; compare parallel semantic development of scuttlebutt
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furphy

/ˈfɜːfɪ/
noun (pl) -phies
1.
(Austral, slang) a rumour or fictitious story
Word Origin
C20: from Furphy carts (used for water or sewage in World War I), made at a foundry established by the Furphy family

Furphy

/ˈfɜːfɪ/
noun
1.
Joseph, pen name Tom Collins. 1843–1912, Australian author. His works include the classic Australian novel Such is Life (1903) and The Buln-Buln and the Brolga (1948)
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