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Buzz

From The Great War 1914-1918

A buzz: A rumour, for example, Its all the buzz. Used also of a report which stated activity. In the Navy, on board ship in the Grand Fleet at Scapa, for instance, the arrival of an urgent message as to enemy activity and preparation for sea. On that would follow a "Flap" and then a "Panic," as the preparations for putting to sea progressed at ever increasing pressure. (See Flap and Panic).[1]

References / notes

  1. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.41.

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