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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In recent years the pressures on our youth and high school students have become regular talking points in communities across the nation. Brad Avery And Will O'neill,, "Mentorship program at Newport Harbor High School makes a difference in kids’ lives," 7 June 2018 The Orange County Republican has made opposition to the gas tax increase a central talking point in recent months. Emily Cadei And Angela Hart, sacbee, "Gas tax repeal gets more cash from California GOP | The Sacramento Bee," 24 Apr. 2018 Pompeo and Tillerson echoed Sanders talking points in their later interviews. Jeff Darcy,, "Trump tweet-terminating Tillerson looks weak: Darcy cartoon," 14 Mar. 2018 Cook has made user privacy one of his — and Apple’s — biggest talking points over the past few years, especially as Facebook has grown in stature and Google has remained dominant. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Tim Cook wants a GDPR for the rest of the world," 24 Oct. 2018 The Dow used to be the administration's favorite talking point about the indicator of how well things are going. Fox News, "Economic impact of Trump's trade agenda," 20 June 2018 While some negotiations did continue once on the ground in Singapore, nearly all of the terms - including North Korea's vague commitment to denuclearize - were part of scripted talking points the leaders could cite as agreement. Anchorage Daily News, "'Why can't we just do it?' Trump nearly upended summit with abrupt changes," 15 June 2018 In an echo of modern-day industry talking points, a Schering executive was quoted in an article in The New York Times, saying the high prices were necessary to finance new medical research. Katie Thomas, New York Times, "Prices Keep Rising for Drugs Treating Painful Sex in Women," 3 June 2018 Giuliani echoed Trump’s false talking point on Friday morning. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "Remember when Giuliani was into cracking down on minor crime as mayor of NYC? Times have changed.," 14 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of talking point

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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to take the place or position of

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