Simple Definition of safety valve
: a part in a machine that opens automatically to release steam, water, gas, etc., when pressure becomes too great
: something that allows someone to release mental stress and tension in a harmless way
Full Definition of safety valve
1 : an automatic escape or relief valve (as for a steam boiler)
2 : an outlet for pent-up energy or emotion
3 : something that relieves the pressure of overcrowding
Examples of safety valve in a sentence
His hobbies act as a safety valve, relieving some of the pressure he feels from his job.
First Known Use of safety valve
Rhymes with safety valve
mitral valve, univalve
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