force quit

verb
variants: or force-quit play \ˈfȯrs-ˌkwit\
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of force quit

force quit or force-quit; force quitting or force-quitting; force quits or force-quits
: to force (an unresponsive computer program) to shut down (as by using a series of preset keystrokes)
  • I experienced a couple of crashes that required me to force-quit the app to get back to reading.
  • —Lex Friedman
  • How do you get an application to quit when you can't access its Quit command? In the spirit of freedom of choice, OS X offers a few ways to force-quit a program.
  • —Ted Landau

First Known Use of force quit

2001

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