break a story

break (the/a) story

To be the first to address or publicize an issue, often a news story. Our newspaper broke the story of the mayor's scandal, and now every national news outlet is covering it!
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break the news

To reveal information, often that which is bad or upsetting. Who is going to break the news of her husband's accident? Your mother is going to be furious if she learns of our engagement from someone else—you have to break the news to her first!
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break a story

[for a media outlet] to be the first to broadcast or distribute the story of an event. The Tribune broke the story before the Herald could even send a reporter to the scene.
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