Meaning of “hear (sth) through/on the grapevine” in the English Dictionary

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"hear (sth) through/on the grapevine" in British English

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hear (sth) through/on the grapevine

to hear news from someone who heard the news from someone else:

I heard through the grapevine that he was leaving - is it true?

(Definition of “hear (sth) through/on the grapevine” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)