hot button

noun

Definition of hot button 

: an emotional and usually controversial issue or concern that triggers immediate intense reaction

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hot-button \ˈhät-​ˈbə-​tᵊn \ adjective

Examples of hot button in a Sentence

The film is considered very controversial for all the hot buttons it pushes.

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Companies are increasingly voicing opinions or tying their marketing to hot button issues. Suzanne Vranica, WSJ, "Consumers Believe Brands Can Help Solve Societal Ills," 2 Oct. 2018 Some of the most divisive ads capitalized on the political movement Black Lives Matter and hot button political issues including immigration, gun control, the religion of Islam, and LGBT-centric topics. NBC News, "Sean Hannity, Black Lives Matter among targets of Russian influence campaign, disclosures show," 10 May 2018 Warren Buffett held his annual investor-fest this weekend, and weighed in on a bunch of things, including CEOs taking stands on hot button social issues. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Nestle and Starbucks, Air France-KLM, Mondelez and Tate's: CEO Daily for May 7, 2018," 7 May 2018 The revival’s weakest episodes were its most on-the-surface takes on politics (the bad blood between Roseanne and Jackie over the election) and social hot buttons (Islamophobia). James Poniewozik, New York Times, "How to Save ‘The Conners’ From Roseanne," 22 June 2018 Rising rents appear to be a hotter button for single women than for men. Kenneth R. Harney, miamiherald, "The growing gender gap that gets little notice: home buying | Miami Herald," 7 May 2018 The interview touched on many other hot button political issues, including the controversial policies U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is helping to enforce at the U.S.-Mexico Border. Alix Langone, Time, "President Trump Says Abortion Laws Could Be Left Up to States 'at Some Point'," 1 July 2018 This is not for couples who can’t handle hot button topics, as the buttons of these topics are apt to be sizzling. 8 p.m. Trevor Fraser, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Date Night: Dirt, poetry and piracy," 28 June 2018 The Hill notes that Marriott’s suspension comes at a time when the debate over civility in politics has become a hot button issue. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "God's Favorite Intern, the One Who Cursed at the President, Suspended," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of hot button

1966, in the meaning defined above

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hot button

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hot button

: an issue that causes people to feel strong emotions (such as anger) and to argue with each other

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