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catch (the) headlines
To be featured on the headlines of news articles, as due to being particularly important, popular, fashionable, etc. It may not be so tremendous as to catch the headlines, but this small change in immigration law could have a huge impact on foreign workers. The pop star caught headlines yesterday after his latest run-in with police.
make (the) headlinesalso hit the headlines
to become an important news story Stephen King made headlines by electronically distributing his novella. The group made the headlines for supporting Fox in his successful bid for Mexico's presidency.
hit/make the headlines
to become important news and be reported in the newspapers and on the television and radio The latest scandal to hit the headlines is about a minister's son arrested for drug-dealing.