Definitions

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  • noun US, slang A piece of serious journalism that explains the background of current events and interprets them.

Etymologies

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thumb +‎ sucker, suggesting the ignorance of a thumb-sucking child who needs things explained.

Examples

  • "thumbsucker," someone who waits for stories to appear to react to, rather than going out and finding them out.

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  • To his credit, Richmond is not what we in the old days called a “thumbsucker,” a lazy columnist who rarely stirs from behind his desk, who for material just reacts to the items that cross it.

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  • To his credit, Richmond is not what we in the old days called a “thumbsucker,” a lazy columnist who rarely stirs from behind his desk, who for material just reacts to the items that cross it.

    The Story Behind the Story

  • I didn't mind that: I'm a big boy, not a Leftist thumbsucker, and I can take political humor.

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  • Like some hungover freshman at midterms regurgitating every scrap he recalls from his Western Civ survey course, Harris peppers one turgid thumbsucker after another with Cliffs Notes – level nods to hoary figures from the Western canon.

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  • A classic example of 'the big lie,' now known in the news biz as 'the counterintuitive thumbsucker.'

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  • No comment on the loveys from this mother of a 5-yr-old thumbsucker and a 2. 5-yr-old binky man.

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  • I was a little disappointed with thumbsucker but enjoyed it a lot more on the 2nd viewing blog comments powered by Disqus

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  • He's an eager and seasoned thumbsucker and, while doing so, is a picture of peace and contentment.

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  • The cast is the crème de la crème of indie heavy hitters; Lou Taylor Pucci (who earned his cred-card in thumbsucker), Nora Zhetner (got hers in Brick), Kristen Bell (First big screen lead but of course she is best known as the eponymous heroine of Veronica Mars) and Eddie Kaye Thomas who, interestingly enough, was mean to me in high school back when he still went by Eddie Kovelsky.

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