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 fact, the biggest talking point of the opening stages arrived when Casemiro weirdly waddled off the pitch before the cameramen panned up to his face - revealing the Real Madrid enforcer had suffered a nose bleed., "Brazil 2-0 Costa Rica: Late Double Makes Victory Look Easy for Brazil In Hard Fought Encounter," 22 June 2018 In the midst of denuclearization talks, criticisms of North Korea’s treatment of its civilians, and a possible war between the two countries, Rodman has emerged a central talking point of the Trump-Kim summit. Madeleine Ngo, Vox, "Dennis Rodman in a MAGA hat crying on CNN live from Singapore is a thing that just happened," 12 June 2018 That became a talking point around the warehouse as Raza set his sights on the U.S. Open. Tyson Alger,, "Employed and bandaged, former Oregon Ducks golfer Sulman Raza is on his way to the U.S. Open," 8 June 2018 Here are all the ideas, either current bills or just talking points, mentioned by state legislators during the six-day hearing*: Fortify schools. Justine Mcdaniel,, "Gun safety after Parkland: Here's every idea the Pa. House has. Will any become reality?," 19 Apr. 2018 The debut report, shared first with The Daily 202, offers original polling and talking points related to the economy, political corruption and disruption. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: New coalition aims to improve Democratic messaging against Trump," 18 Apr. 2018 Within minutes of being named top White House economic adviser, Kudlow was on the airwaves pushing a tough stance toward China and promising new tax cuts — two of Trump’s favorite talking points., "The Day of Rage That Transformed the Middle East," 15 Mar. 2018 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

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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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