The meaning of – I heard it through the grapevine

English idioms and expressions are a great way to make your English sound more advanced but the important thing is to use them correctly, otherwise it would be better not to use them! So my Meaning of  posts are there to help you use these chunks of language in a way that sounds natural. Today’s post will help you to use ‘I heard it through the grapevine’ in everyday conversation.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
This expression is related to gossip. If you hear some information or news but it didn’t come directly from the source, then you heard it on the grapevine.

FOR EXAMPLE
Perhaps one of your colleagues told you that a woman, Kim, who works in your office is pregnant but Kim hasn’t announced her pregnancy or mentioned it to you, so you ‘heard it through the grapevine’.

HOW CAN I USE IT IN A CONVERSATION?
You tell another colleague the news about Kim’s pregnancy.

Your colleague asks “How do you know that? Did Kim tell you?”
You reply “No, I heard it through the grapevine.”

ANY TRICKY PRONUNCIATION?
heard /hɜːd/ Be careful with this past form of hear. It rhymes with bird!

RELATED EXPRESSIONS
The opposite would be I heard it straight from the horse’s mouth. In other words, the news/gossip came directly from the source.
“How do you know that? Did Kim tell you?” You reply “Yep, I heard it straight from the horse’s mouth!”

CHALLENGE
Listen to the famous Marvin Gaye song and see if you can follow the lyrics. Then, next time you are sharing gossip, try to use today’s expression! Marvin Gaye – I heard it through the grapevine with lyrics

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Nicki is a Cambridge qualified, experienced English teacher for foreign learners. She loves helping English learners to learn real English and communicate with confidence!

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