Get the scoop

Get the scoop is one of several idioms in the same vein, including, inside scoop and what’s the scoop? We will examine the meaning of the idiom get the scoop, where it came from, and some examples of its use in sentences.

To get the scoop means to receive information, to know what is going on, to be given information because one is a member of the inner circle. The idiom inside scoop particularly refers to information that is only known to people who are among a select group. The word scoop is often used in journalism to mean to acquire information that no other media outlet has, or to be granted an interview with a highly desirable news source. Scoop was used as a slang term in the 1850s to mean that a business had managed to shut out any competitive businesses. By the 1870s scoop had come to mean a news story exclusively reported by one media outlet.

Examples

In honor of Labor Day cookouts, I took a few minutes to sit down with our backyard grill to get the scoop on his grilling season — grilling the grill, so to speak. (The Daily Sentinel)

Get the scoop on Long Island high school football with our complete preview, featuring players to watch and breakdowns of every league. (Newsday)

Parade.com sat down with Cahoon to get this inside scoop on this rising career, how he really got his start as the world’s youngest rodeo clown. (Parade Magazine)

Want to have more idioms in your arsenal? Check out some others we covered: