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hot-button

[hot-buht-n] /ˈhɒtˈbʌt n/
adjective
1.
exciting strong feelings; highly charged; emotional:
hot-button issues.
Origin
1985-1990
1985-90
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British Dictionary definitions for hot button

hot button

noun
1.
(informal)
  1. a controversial subject or issue that is likely to arouse strong emotions
  2. (as modifier): the hot-button issue of abortion
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Slang definitions & phrases for hot button

hot button

modifier

: his subtle tilts to the center on hot-button issues such as abortion and gun control

noun phrase

An inflammatory topic or area; a tender public nerve: The Horton spot hit a ''hot button''/ more low-income housing, a political hot button in town

[1980s+; perhaps fr the earlier hot button, ''the clitoris''; perhaps fr the button or key of a news teletype that sounded a bell to announce ''hot'' news]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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