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  1. a tabloid newspaper characterized by sensationalism

Word Origin

C20: from the colour of the masthead on these publications

Example Sentences Including 'red-top'

(Before you write in, I have to point out that World Cup Fever as in the red-top tabloid version doesn't count.
Irish Times (2002)
He would not comment on whether the paper's " red-top " status would be shed in the rebranding.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
It turns out that Blair had phoned her friend Wade, by then deputy editor at the rival red-top , with the story.
The Australian (2005)
That shows how naive I must have been in those days. On Tuesday morning the red-top tabloids had a field day at my expense.
Frankie Dettori with Jonathan Powell FRANKIE: The Autobiography of Frankie Dettori (2004)
The newspapers were black-and-white affairs, with their red-top mastheads providing the only glimpse of colour.
Times, Sunday Times (2001)
The red-top lists her crimes thus... Cutting up his designer suits with scissors.
Megastar (2004)


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