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Broken Arrow

a town in NE Oklahoma. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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broken arrow

noun phrase

An accident involving nuclear weapons: The idea that this is a ''broken arrow'' never released is incorrect (1980s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Broken Arrow in Technology

The error code displayed on line 25 of a IBM 3270 terminal (or a terminal emulator emulating a 3270) for various kinds of protocol violations and "unexpected" error conditions (including connection to a down computer). On a PC, simulated with "->/_", with the two centre characters overstruck.
"Broken arrow" is also military jargon for an accident involving nuclear weapons.
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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