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distress call

noun
1.
a prearranged communication code sign indicating that the sender is in a situation of peril, distress, or the like, as SOS, Mayday, etc.
Compare distress signal (def 1).
2.
a communication prompted by or indicating distress:
The hospital sent out distress calls for all available stocks of the antitoxin.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15
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