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Stop the presses! Hold everything!

Back in the days when newspapers were a more important and timely source of national and international happenings than they now are, their publishers made every effort to update news articles, even if it meant halting the printing process for a piece to be added or rewritten. When that happened, the cry “stop the presses” was heard, and the presses ground to a halt in mid-issue. You didn't have to be Perry White or Citizen Kane to shout “stop the presses!” All you had to do was mean you were about to say something of importance or, when meant sarcastically, to indicate that another person's statement was old news.
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This newly released second edition of Stop the Presses also includes more comprehensive coverage of the btogosphere, data security breaches, and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance for surviving the "post-Enron amphitheater.
Stop the presses - the Glastonbury Festival did not sell out in the first few hours of tickets going on sale.
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If the chief executive goes off script during the call and something truly revealing comes out, it's time to stop the presses.
Some papers were able to stop the presses and correct the error.
As an editor I had but one occasion to stop the presses, and would that I never had to.
Newsprint waste will be significantly reduced at the North Plant, and operations streamlined: "If the color is out of register, you have to stop the presses and manually move the plates.
Employees of the News and of the Urdu newspaper Daily Jang took to the streets when Federal Investigation agents raided their head office to stop the presses on the grounds that the Jang group, which owns both newspapers, has been evading income tax.
Don't stop the presses on that, but they do have a tendency to talk and a good listener will always succeed in this town.
STOP the Presses, hold all my calls and cancel that trip to Buxom Betty's Lapdancing Club.
Did they stop the presses at the Oban Times for this shock news item: "Not many terns have arrived on Scalpay yet.
News may have had the earliest word of the Kennedy crash, though it was not enough to stop the presses.
It's the scene in which Sun Metro Editor Henry Hackett, played by Michael Keaton, desperately wants to stop the presses to put a late-breaking scoop on page one.
Stop the presses there really is a Kucinich for President campaign in New Hampshire.
So much so that Harris - stop the presses - took the victory sitting down.