a tabloid newspaper characterized by sensationalism

Word Origin for red-top

C20: from the colour of the masthead on these publications
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Examples from the Web for red-top

Contemporary Examples of red-top

Historical Examples of red-top

  • He wore a military coat with brass buttons, and red-top boots.

  • The red-top were afore him, and I tryin' to make what become to him.

  • But here the other week I found myself able to buy me some red-top boots with brass toes on 'em.

    From Place to Place

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • Timothy and red-top should be seeded with it, and in the spring red and alsike clover should be added.

  • These two stages are known by the trained entomologist as the "yellow-top" and the "red-top" stages respectively.

    Our National Forests

    Richard H. Douai Boerker