control-s

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control-S

vi. "Stop talking for a second." From the ASCII DC3 or XOFF character (the pronunciation /X-of/ is therefore also used). Control-S differs from control-O in that the person is asked to stop talking (perhaps because you are on the phone) but will be allowed to continue when you're ready to listen to him -- as opposed to control-O, which has more of the meaning of "Shut up." Considered silly.
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XOFF

/X-of/ n. Syn. {control-S}.
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control-S definition

character
(Or XOFF, DC3, Device Control 3) The character with ASCII code 19, used in software handshaking to temporarily suspend output until a control-Q is received.
[Jargon File]
(1996-06-28)

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