See also: Grapevine




grape +‎ vine


grapevine (plural grapevine or grapevines)

  1. The plant, a vine of genus Vitis, on which grapes grow.
    Synonym: winetree
    Although many grape vines have geographical names, those rarely reflect their real origin, if known at all.
  2. A rumor.
    • 1937 February, Hudson Hawley, “There IS a Saluting Demon”, in American Legion Monthly[1], volume 22, number 2, page 23:
      The legend, like all army grapevine, got around to me.
    • 2009, Sinikiwe Joyce Msindo, Sweet Lemons, page 9:
      The grapevine was that the reason for the school closure was to do with the fact that a lot of students from Bonda had absconded to go to war because Bonda was close to the border between Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
    • 2020 January 13, “Pullela Gopichand blames Prakash Padukone for encouraging Saina Nehwal to leave Hyderabad”, in ESPN:
      The grapevine was that Saina believed that Gopichand was focussing more on PV Sindhu.·
  3. An informal person-to-person means of circulating information or gossip.
    Synonyms: jungle drums, bush telegraph, jungle telegraph, mulga wire, rumor mill
    I heard through the grapevine that Jim will be leaving soon.
  4. (skating) A move in which the feet are alternately placed in front of each other, while both remaining on the ice or ground, incorporating half-turns.
  5. (wrestling) A leglock.

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grapevine (third-person singular simple present grapevines, present participle grapevining, simple past and past participle grapevined)

  1. (transitive, wrestling) To restrain in a leglock.