Grammatically, 1-3 are correct, however none of them are at all natural.
The usual expression is "spread through the grapevine", or even more commonly 'heard (it) through the grapevine".
Which are correct:
1) The news spread as through a grapevine.
2) The news spread as it would through a grapevine.
3) The news spread as if through a grapevine.
4) The news spread like through a grapevine.
"The news spread like wildfire."
But that just means it spread very fast. Is that what you're looking for?
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Is it widely used nowadays?
"through the grapevine"
I hear it every now and then, along with "on the grapevine". It means that you heard it as you might hear a rumour, or information that spreads informally among people.
If the speaker would rather keep the specific source of the information secret, they sometimes say, "A (little) birdie told me".
I wouldn't say it's very commonly used, although it is still widely recognized.
I imagine the Marvin Gaye song is probably responsible for it still being familiar, as it was used in a series of commercials promoting California raisins during the late 80's. These singing raisins, for reasons I cannot explain, became wildly popular, resulting in a spinoff carton, as well as lots of merchandise. All I can say is that it was the 80's, and claymation was all the rage.
I much prefer the term 'scuttlebutt' for these situations, which sadly is rarely used or seen anymore. I'm waging a personal campaign to stimulate its resurgence, by working it into my conversations whenever I can, but it usually just draws blank stares.
Last edited by Skrej; 10-Aug-2016 at 17:07. Reason: typo
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It's in use in BrE. I wouldn't say it's an everyday expression, but it is used when needed.
The Dude would have appreciated that. He was a CCR fan.
And he did hate the Eagles.