Dish The Dirt


Dish the dirt: Gossip or spread malicious rumors or negative information and to do so with no regards to the damage done to others.

Compare: Dish Out or Dish it Out

Examples Of Use

“The tabloid exists solely to dish the dirt on celebrities.”

“The reporter made a career out of dishing the dirt so it is no wonder she is having trouble being taken seriously as a journalist.”

“Some people at the office spend all their time dishing the dirt at the water cooler.”


From 1920’s slang, dirt refers to negative information about a person while dish alludes to serving food from a dish.

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