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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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That Jezebel is telling furphies about me," as Becks might say.
Through a meticulous analysis of a range of documentation he shows that many of the so-called `truths' about literacy standards and teaching are just furphies.
Later that year Dr Lesley Lynch, then DSE Director of Curriculum, tore apart these furphies.