bush telegraph

bush telegraph
1. any system of communication in which the natives of a jungle or bush region transmit news rapidly, as by runners, drum codes, or smoke signals.
2. Australian.
a. any chain of communications by which criminals, originally bushrangers, are warned of police movements.
b. Slang. rumor; the grapevine.

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