hot button


Definition of hot button

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

Other Words from hot button

hot-button \ ˈhät-​ˈbə-​tᵊn How to pronounce hot button (audio) \ adjective

Examples of hot button in a Sentence

The film is considered very controversial for all the hot buttons it pushes.
Recent Examples on the Web Election integrity has become a hot button issue in Arizona, even though claims of widespread election fraud were dismissed in dozens of courtrooms in the state and around the country after the 2020 presidential election. Sasha Hupka, The Arizona Republic, 26 July 2022 San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is never one to shy away from touching on hot button issues and giving his own hot take about the state of the country. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, 25 July 2022 While the film is not a right-wing versus left-wing doc, guns, religion and the first amendment – all hot button political issues — are part of the film. Addie Morfoot, Variety, 26 Nov. 2021 Reggie Hill is a community activist who shows up to as many council meetings as some of the current members, often speaking his mind on the hot button local issues of the day. al, 20 Aug. 2021 After all, many of us tend to have strong opinions on any number of hot button topics from world hunger and healthcare to climate change. Jarl Jensen, Forbes, 5 May 2022 Whereas in the past, Fox News spent days condemning Democratic presidents for not responding to hot button topics highlighted on the network, now Doocy sits front-row center during White House briefings. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2022 People disagree agreeably on hot button topics like race in America, gun restrictions and COVID vaccines. Mark Strassmann, CBS News, 3 Jan. 2022 Aside from the growing use of plant protein, more sustainable and ethically-farmed meat is also a hot button with Gen Z. Jeff Fromm, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hot button

1966, in the meaning defined above

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3 Aug 2022

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“Hot button.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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