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1      (Also called)    head, heading  
a    a phrase at the top of a newspaper or magazine article indicating the subject of the article, usually in larger and heavier type  
b    a line at the top of a page indicating the title, page number, etc.  
2    usually pl   the main points of a television or radio news broadcast, read out before the full broadcast and summarized at the end  
3    hit the headlines   to become prominent in the news  
4    tr   to furnish (a story or page) with a headline  
5    to have top billing (in)  

headline rate  
      n   a basic rate of inflation, taxation, etc., before distorting factors have been removed  
the headline rate of inflation     
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