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furphy

(ˈfɜːfɪ)
n, pl -phies
slang Austral a rumour or fictitious story
[C20: from Furphy carts (used for water or sewage in World War I), made at a foundry established by the Furphy family]

Furphy

(ˈfɜːfɪ)
n
(Biography) Joseph, pen name Tom Collins. 1843–1912, Australian author. His works include the classic Australian novel Such is Life (1903) and The Buln-Buln and the Brolga (1948)
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In addition to his wife of 61 years, he leaves a son, Paul Furphy of Milford; two daughters, Virginia Giuliani of Upton and Christine Normandin of Happy Valley, Alaska; a sister, Marion Cucchi of Clinton; three grandchildren and a great-grandson.
I think this is a bit of a furphy [an Australian colloquial term for a false report or rumour] that men won't talk about their health issues .
When I eventually returned to the Dips after Memphis, Calgary and Detroit - Jimmy Hill was the new owner - the manager Ken Furphy made me skipper and I played up front with Cruyff.
A: The funniest word in the English language is fartlek (an athletic training regime); other funny words include furphy, pratfall, parp and firkin.
At the end of the evening I spoke to him about Joseph Furphy on whom I was writing my honours long essay.
Earlier Aussie yarn-spinners such as Joseph Furphy (1843-1912) who wrote in a decidedly "Shandean" vein have not been afforded access to a metropolitan readership.
Special thanks to Joe Furphy for his regular Water Cart column and to Syd Wigzell for his regular book reviews.
She had a 1908 photograph which she gave to the elderly Joseph Furphy whose writing of Such is Life she lifted from obscurity.
This may be a furphy to chill the pressure for a new or improved library.
By starting to share data as an extended enterprise inclusive of all of their supply chain partners, Wal-Mart and Target have changed the landscape of the retail industry forever," said Tom Furphy, founder and CEO for Notiva.
In particular, Furphy was admired on the political Left.
Joseph Furphy, Such is Life (Melbourne: Oxford Univ.