hot button
noun Date: 1975 an emotional and usually controversial issue or concern that triggers immediate intense reaction • hot-button adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • hot button — UK / US or hot button issue UK / US noun [countable] Word forms hot button : singular hot button plural hot buttons American informal an issue that people disagree about and argue about a lot …   English dictionary

  • hot-button — /hot but n/, adj. exciting strong feelings; highly charged; emotional: hot button issues. [1985 90] * * * hot button adj, always used before a noun The budget is a real hot button issue right now. • • • Main Entry: ↑hot button …   Useful english dictionary

  • hot button — hot buttons N COUNT: oft N n A hot button is a subject or problem that people have very strong feelings about. [mainly AM, JOURNALISM] Abortion is still one of the hot button issues of US life …   English dictionary

  • hot button — ☆ hot button n. Informal an idea, subject, issue, etc. that evokes strong feelings hot button [hät′but΄ n] adj. * * * …   Universalium

  • hot button — (USA) A hot button is a topic or issue that people feel very strongly about …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • hot button — ☆ hot button n. Informal an idea, subject, issue, etc. that evokes strong feelings hot button [hät′but΄ n] adj …   English World dictionary

  • hot-button — /hot but n/, adj. exciting strong feelings; highly charged; emotional: hot button issues. [1985 90] * * * …   Universalium

  • hot-button — hot′ but′ton adj. exciting strong feelings; highly charged; emotional: hot button issues[/ex] • Etymology: 1985–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • hot button — hot ,button noun count AMERICAN INFORMAL an issue that people disagree about and argue about a lot …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hot button — noun : an emotional and usually controversial issue or concern that triggers immediate intense reaction * * * noun, pl ⋯ tons [count] : an issue that causes people to feel strong emotions (such as anger) and to argue with each other The film is… …   Useful english dictionary

  • hot-button — American a hot button a subject that is important to people and which they feel very strongly about. Sex discrimination in employment is a hot button political issue now. (always before noun) …   New idioms dictionary

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