hot button

noun
Updated on: 17 May 2018

Definition of hot button

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

hot-button

play \ˈhät-ˈbə-tᵊn\ adjective

Examples of hot button in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of hot button

1966

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Definition of hot button for English Language Learners

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


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