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chicken switch

noun phrase
  1. A control used to destroy a malfunctioning rocket in flight; a destruct switch
  2. A control used to eject an astronaut or pilot from a damaged vehicle

[1950s+ Astronautics; chicken fr the sense ''coward''; egads an acronym for electronic ground automatic destruct sequencer and coincides with an archaic interjection of dismay]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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