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scuttlebutt (noun) SKUT-ul-but
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Rumour, gossip; drinking water fountain (on a ship).
Every now and again one or another of them, choked with the dust, went to get a draft of lukewarm water from the scuttlebutt.
A Master of Fortune
According to the scuttlebutt among Tory MPs, Michael Howard only returned to the Shadow Cabinet because he couldn't find a sufficiently rewarding job in the City.
The Observer, 2 November 2003. [url=Andrew Rawnsley]The Observer[/url]
One view is that the scuttlebutt originates from someone who covets the Spectator editorship, and was bitter when "Three Jobs" Johnson did not relinquish it on becoming an MP.
, 1 July 2002.
Scuttlebutt holds that not all tourists - especially the Japanese, whose national school curriculum includes ''Anne of Green Gables'' - recognize that Anne is a fictional character.
Courtyards tell the story of the evolution of urban Hungary. From the 19th century through World War II, maids and housewives congregated here to use the rug beaters (wooden contraptions that can still be seen) and pass the scuttlebutt.
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