talking point


Definition of talking point 

: something that lends support to an argument also : a subject of discussion

Examples of talking point in a Sentence

We have several talking points we need to cover. I have a list of talking points here that support my case.

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While Kenseth ultimately returned on a part-time basis and Patrick competed in the Daytona 500, trying to fill the void left by those notable names has been one of the biggest talking points surrounding NASCAR this year. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "NASCAR mid-season superlatives, like Daytona 500, are not without controversy," 7 June 2018 Many of the contract workers are from outside the state, who just got to town in the past week and are reciting talking points provided for them in training sessions by a contractor. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Buda firm does the heavy lifting for firefighters’ petition drive," 1 Mar. 2018 One of Giuliani’s recent talking points was that Mueller’s team indicated to him that the probe would conclude by the end of the summer in order to not overshadow the midterms, a claim that has echoed across cable. Washington Post, "Giuliani trying to influence perception of Mueller probe," 8 June 2018 This has become a talking point of anti-copyright activists, who have characterized the Music Modernization Act as a copyright term extension -- inaccurately. Robert Levine, Billboard, "New Alternative Bill in Senate Challenges Music Modernization Act," 24 May 2018 White House talking points defending Jackson only landed in Senate Republican inboxes Tuesday evening, multiple aides said -- and weren't markedly different than what had been sent to the press. Pamela Brown, CNN, "Jackson spotlights the frustration with poor White House vetting," 25 Apr. 2018 Nor do left-leaning talking points of MSNBC show up in the newscasts on NBC's local stations, making Sinclair's action more unusual. Stephen Battaglio,, "Backlash grows over Sinclair Broadcast Group's 'must-run' conservative content on local TV stations," 5 Apr. 2018 While the senator did announce some shifts in his stance on gun control, students and parents refused to let empty talking points go unchallenged. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Every Brutal Marco Rubio Exchange From the CNN Town Hall on Gun Violence," 22 Feb. 2018 One of the biggest talking points after England-Colombia will be Mark Geiger, the American referee who is known for injecting his personality into a game in MLS and, for that matter, the World Cup. Grant Wahl,, "This World Cup's Latest Twist: England Wins a Penalty Kick Shootout," 3 July 2018

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circa 1914, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of talking point

: a particular subject, idea, etc., that is part of a discussion

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