give currency

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give currency (to something)

to spread a story around. (With a negative if there is doubt about what is said.) I can't give any currency to anything Ralph Jones says. We give no currency to those stories. His actions gave currency to the rumor that he was about to leave.
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11] Higginbottom's misrecognition of a politics of coexistence as `pacifism' suggests the extent of work to be done to give currency and cultural intelligibility to a non-absolutist politics.
If you don't report it you're not covering the news and, if you do, you give currency to these things that they really shouldn't have.