talking point

noun

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Prosecutors said Gurry authorized workers to use a set of talking points meant to convince insurers that Subsys had been prescribed to the patient for cancer pain. BostonGlobe.com, "Former Insys exec sentenced to nearly 3 years in bribery scheme," 13 Jan. 2020 Prosecutors said Gurry authorized workers to use a set of talking points meant to convince insurers that Subsys had been prescribed to the patient for cancer pain. Washington Post, "Ex-pharma exec sentenced to nearly 3 years in bribery scheme," 13 Jan. 2020 Politico obtained scripts of talking points the campaign is using to persuade voters who are currently backing other candidates. TheWeek, "Bernie Sanders' campaign is reportedly saying Elizabeth Warren can't bring any 'new bases' to the Democratic Party," 12 Jan. 2020 These basic questions are ignored because they can't be answered with Republican talking points. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "This nationally recognized LGBTQ faith leader to watch for in 2020 is based in Louisville," 13 Dec. 2019 ComEd provided lawmakers with talking points about preserving jobs at the threatened nuclear plants in the Quad Cities and Clinton. Kristen Mcqueary, chicagotribune.com, "Column: One ‘dirty’ day shows how ComEd played the game in Springfield — and then the feds took notice," 13 Nov. 2019 Another contentious first-half talking point was the VAR's decision not to send off Neal Maupay for a late challenge on Max Aarons following a goalmouth scramble in Norwich's box. SI.com, "Brighton 2-0 Norwich: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Substitutes Claim Victory for the Seagulls," 2 Nov. 2019 While the volunteer talking points reportedly came from Sanders' staff, the Vermont senator himself has largely avoided directly critiquing Warren, his fellow progressive. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Warren and Sanders set to take the gloves off at Tuesday's debate," 13 Jan. 2020 Those talking points will be part of Clemson coach Dabo Swinney's pregame sermon. Charles Hollis, al, "Clemson’s ‘ROY’ bus runs out of fuel against Burrow, LSU," 12 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of talking point

circa 1914, in the meaning defined above

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“Talking point.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/talking%20point. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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talking point

noun

English Language Learners Definition of talking point

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

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