Definition of red top in English:

red top


  • A tabloid newspaper.

    ‘all the red tops suffered alarming declines’
    • ‘Today pensions is front page news in red tops and broadsheets alike, and one of the hottest political topics around.’
    • ‘Strangely I've found it next to impossible to find anything on the web for this, just shows that apart from the red tops none of the newspapers really cared about this.’
    • ‘Well, I can see the red tops going wild over that.’
    • ‘The Antipodean diva of pop was emblazoned across many of the front pages of the red tops garbed in one of the shortest skirts known to man.’
    • ‘Audit Bureau of Circulation figures for October show several red tops appear to be fighting a losing battle in their attempts to keep hold of readers.’
    • ‘And she probably makes more money flashing her disfigurement in the red tops than she would by acting.’
    • ‘Not that an accident of nomenclature was going to stop the editors of Britain's red tops splashing their favourite Aussie redhead all over the front pages.’
    • ‘The war against the tabloids, or red tops, is hard-fought, particularly as these papers can flood the market with very cheap copies.’
    • ‘We won't name names, but one daily newspaper that can't point to a red top as a defence against charges of sensationalism was astonishing in its treatment of the story.’
    • ‘Among the red tops, the number of non-election front pages rises to 87%.’
    • ‘Another source of unhappiness resides in the fact that articles have emerged in this week's red tops criticising him for lining his pockets at the public's expense once again.’
    • ‘I think therefore editing a red top is now the most difficult job in journalism - and doubly difficult in Scotland because of the intense competition.’
    • ‘The down-market red top has made one of the best showings in the six monthly figures from March to August, with an average of 604,380, up 14.12% from 529,574.’
    • ‘The move by the Times and the Independent to produce tabloid format editions for urban markets has hit the original red tops, the Sun and the Daily Mirror, hard.’
    • ‘Even his supposed eye for media hype has failed him - most of the red tops jeered his defeat this week.’
    • ‘Love them or hate them, the red tops remain the barometer of public opinion.’
    • ‘On average, the broadsheets went up by 35%, the mid - market tabloids by 23% and the red tops by 7%.’
    • ‘The more vicious red tops of Fleet Street have been relentless in their pursuit of the entertainer over the past few weeks.’
    • ‘The red tops, as we hacks warmly refer to the tabloids, bravely sallied forth against all restrictions European, bureaucratic or otherwise.’
    • ‘Celebrities must embrace ever more excessive lifestyles in order to guarantee continued space in the red tops.’


1990s: from the red background on which the titles of certain British newspapers are printed.