I came across a sentence today:

Our client said this would be our last deal, seeing as word of our plan got out.

What does the phrase 'word of' refer to? Is it equal to '..., seeing as the detail/content/information of our plan got out'?

Thanks a lot.


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Merriam Webster:

4 a : NEWS, INFORMATION sent word that he would be late

"word [of something] [got out, was revealed, was made public etc.] is an idiomatic usage.

You can get word of something [by phone or in an email/mail] You can also send word about or of something to someone.

  • We got word he would be late for the party.
  • We got word of his demise in the newspaper.

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