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    Broke News Headlines

    I have a question about the usage of some phrase:


    Steve Jobs's death broke news headlines on ABC, CBS, and NBC.
    Is "to break news headlines" standard English?

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    Re: Broke News Headlines

    If find it a little unnatural but that's not to say it's actually wrong. We use "breaking news" to refer to 'new' news, or the latest news which is just starting to be reported. I don't think "broke news headlines" would be used in BrE. I would expect perhaps "Steve Jobs' death hit the [news] headlines on BBC, ITV and SkyNews".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Broke News Headlines

    It seems like a mistake to me. You can break news. You can make headlines. But you don't break news headlines.

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    Re: Broke News Headlines

    I followed the link and the phrase is linked to the Wikipedia page on breaking news- maybe the writer used that phrase as a way of linking. Sometimes when trying to link, people force the language a bit. It's an odd phrase to me.

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