news peg

noun
1.
a news story that forms the basis of or justification for a feature story, editorial, political cartoon, or the like.
2.
the reference in a feature story, editorial, or the like, to the newsworthy event that underlies or justifies it.
Also called peg.


Origin:
1955–60

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Main Entry:  news peg1
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  an event that is considered worthy of being reported in the news; a reference in a news story to such an event; also called peg
Main Entry:  news peg2
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a news story that forms the basis for a feature story, editorial, cartoon, interview, etc.
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Example sentences
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.
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