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distress call

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).
a communication prompted by or indicating distress:
The hospital sent out distress calls for all available stocks of the antitoxin.
1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • They began mounting a rescue mission before they received the first distress call.
  • Because the sea is vast, only when a large ship issues a distress call do foreign navies even know where to look for pirates.
  • Later reports indicated the crash was an accident, and the pilot had sent a distress call.
  • When a garbled distress call is sent out from the lab, a military rescue team is sent in to find out what happened.
  • They put in a phony distress call that is received by the mountain rescue team.
  • When you are in distress you can send a distress call to all stations.
  • The search and rescue efforts continued for approximately eight hours and ultimately revealed the distress call was a hoax.
  • Victims of crime suffer significant delays, waiting hours and even days for a response to a distress call.
  • As a result of electrical disturbances within the ash cloud, a flight crew may also lose the ability to transmit a distress call.
  • During the waiting game, a squirrel bark call or distress call can really get them barking, giving away their location.

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