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news peg

a news story that forms the basis of or justification for a feature story, editorial, political cartoon, or the like.
the reference in a feature story, editorial, or the like, to the newsworthy event that underlies or justifies it.
Also called peg.
Origin of news peg
1955-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for news peg
  • The debt ceiling has been a difficult and possibly dangerous news peg for deficit discussions.
  • Give it a news peg-that is, make something happen that reporters can cover.
Contemporary definitions for news peg

a news story that forms the basis for a feature story, editorial, cartoon, interview, etc.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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