force quit

verb
variants: or force-quit \ ˈfȯrs-​ˌkwit How to pronounce force quit (audio) \
force quit or force-quit; force quitting or force-quitting; force quits or force-quits

Definition of force quit

transitive + intransitive

: to force (an unresponsive computer program) to shut down (as by using a series of preset keystrokes) When Internet Explorer locks up and sucks down CPU cycles, you can easily force quit to kill the process …— Andy Ihnatko The process would also ignore any attempts to pause or stop the playback until long after the commands were given, and on more than one occasion, I found that it was quicker to force quit and relaunch the browser …— Jim Regan 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

1991, in the meaning defined above

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“Force quit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/force%20quit. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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