unofficial information that may or may not be true
rumour about: He’d heard rumours about some big financial deal.
rumour of: Now there are rumours of wedding plans.
rumour that: He denied rumours that staff would lose their jobs.
rumour has it that (=there is a rumour that): Rumour has it that he’s seriously ill.
circulate/spread rumours: A student had been spreading rumours about the teachers.
rumours are flying (=there are many of them): Rumours are flying about a merger between the media giants.
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