distress-call

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:
1910–15

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distress call

noun
an internationally recognized signal sent out by a ship or plane indicating that help is needed [syn: distress signal
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