malicious gossip

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Noun1.malicious gossip - disgraceful gossip about the private lives of other peoplemalicious gossip - disgraceful gossip about the private lives of other people
scuttlebutt, gossip, comment - a report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people; "the divorce caused much gossip"
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Hardyman's approaching marriage had been made the topic of much malicious gossip, and Isabel's character had, as usual in such cases, become the object of all the false reports that scandal could invent.
It also urged media outlets to seek accuracy and credibility when reporting and dismiss such rumors and malicious gossip.
Some behind-the-scenes manipulation or malicious gossip will be at the root of problems.
Peter Mingay's Malicious Gossip has risen from A5 to open class in a month and was maybe unfortunate not to land an open last week but that at least kept her qualified for this and she is fancied in heat two at 7.
The management can communicate to the workforce the damage malicious gossip produces, but an example is perhaps the best cure.
Francis has listed 15 charges, including hypocrisy, a thirst for power at all costs, and malicious gossip about colleagues.
In later years, Captain Pugwash had malicious gossip spread about his crew which was all untrue as none of the crew had double entendre names.
Henry VIII believed the malicious gossip about Anne Boleyn and court musician Mark Smeaton.
He pointed out that with all the celebrity websites and tabloid headlines these days what is actually just malicious gossip is considered news.
It's good news that the law might finally catch up with the idiots that post any amount of malicious gossip on Twitter without the slightest inkling whether it is true or not.
Be a role model as a team leader by promoting good conversation and stopping motivated malicious gossip.