noun, plural furphies. Australian.
a false report; rumor.

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)
n , pl -phies
slang (Austral) a rumour or fictitious story
[C20: from Furphy carts (used for water or sewage in World War I), made at a foundry established by the Furphy family]

Furphy (ˈfɜːfɪ)
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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