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Hot off the press

Tuesday, 15 October 2019
Hot off the press - phrases that came from printing

Hot off the press - everyday phrases that come from printing.

This didn't originate as a phrase until the 20th century and means the most up-to-date news. The origin stems from the printing process called "hot metal printing". The Linotype machine (invented 1884) allowed printers to type on a keyboard. As they went along, the machine would cast the types right there out of molten metal (mostly lead).
In addition, the printing presses used in producing newspapers were very large and operated at a high temperature. Just as the copy of printed page is warm coming off a laser jet printer, the "news" coming off of these printers was literally hot.
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