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distress signal

a signal used, or designed to be used, by persons in peril, for the purpose of summoning aid, indicating their position, etc., as a radio code sign, aerial flare, flag hoist, or the like.
Compare distress call (def 1).
an indication, especially a nonverbal one, that assistance, cooperation, or the like, is needed:
He correctly interpreted the host's upturned eyes as a distress signal and hastily changed the subject.
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1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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distress signal

a signal by radio, Very light, etc from a ship or other vessel in need of immediate assistance
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