Meaning of “grapevine” in the English Dictionary

"grapevine" in American English

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grapevinenoun [ C ]

us /ˈɡreɪpˌvɑɪn/

grapevine noun [ C ] (PLANT)

the climbing plant that grapes grow on


the grapevine

an unofficial, informal way of getting information by hearing about it from someone who heard it from someone else:

I heard through the grapevine that they fired him – is that true?

(Definition of “grapevine” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"grapevine" in Business English

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grapevinenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɡreɪpvaɪn/ us

an informal way in which information is shared in a group of people:

We hear on the grapevine that the companies are discussing a merger.
For days the scientific grapevine has been buzzing with news of the discovery.

(Definition of “grapevine” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)