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  1. stop pressnoun

    late news that is inserted into the newspaper at the last minute


  1. stop pressnoun

    The event or news article important enough to delay or interrupt the print, or require a reprint, of a publication, particularly of a newspaper edition.

  2. Etymology: From stop the presses, U.S. newspaper printing jargon.


  1. Stop press

    "Stop press" or "Stop the presses" is an idiomatic exclamation when significant information is discovered.The phrase stems from the printed news media industry. If the content of an issue needed to be revised just before, or during its printing the printing press was stopped and the content amended, such as by changing the plates or type, before restarting it. Reasons to stop the press might be to add a news item or correct an error. This could cause delay and expense, such as by necessitating that already printed copies be discarded, so was generally reserved for highly significant content changes such as the breaking of a very important news story.


  1. Stop press

    "Stop Press" or "Stop the Presses" is a phrase stemming from the printed news media industry as an exclamation signifying the discovery of the need to change the content of an issue just before, or during its printing. Since this meant that the printing press literally had to be stopped or delayed and much of the existing copies of a publication which had already printed had to be discarded - which carried extreme cost, it is a phrase indicating the arrival of extremely significant news or the discovery of an extremely grave error. The phrase is common in an idiomatic context, referring to the discovery of significant information - perhaps most frequently used sarcastically.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stop press in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stop press in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3


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