hot button


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 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 Police brutality is a hot button issue in several Latin American countries: Colombia's own National Police, which answers to the Defense Ministry, have previously come under fire for its response to protests in 2019 and 2020. Stefano Pozzebon, CNN, "Colombia's bloody protests could be a warning to the region," 5 May 2021 Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Tuesday night approved a U.S. Capitol Police request to extend the Guard deployment, prompting howls from conservatives as the riot and response have become a political hot button. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "‘Collusion of stupidity’: National Guard extension at Capitol confounds experts," 10 Mar. 2021 However, as student loan forgiveness continues to be a hot button issue, you can be assured that any decision on student loan cancellation won’t be limited to policy ramifications. Zack Friedman, Forbes, "Student Loan Cancellation May Trigger This Political Firestorm," 7 Apr. 2021 But one hot button issue for voters attending the Spanish Fort rally was not brought up: the Interstate 10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway project. al, "Mo Brooks calls I-10 project ‘sticky wicket’; generally opposes tolls on anything," 3 Apr. 2021 In a city where the Orthodox vote can be crucial, and a crowded field of candidates are jockeying for attention ahead of an all-important June 22 Democratic primary, the issue has become a hot button. Shira Hanau,, "Oversight of Orthodox yeshivas becomes major issue in NYC mayoral race," 25 Mar. 2021 Benton said this may be the next hot button issue the board faces. Steve Sadin,, "4 candidates running for 3 spots on Deerfield Village Board," 23 Mar. 2021 The issue of resilience, the ability of the U.S. power system to bounce back from a major disruption, became a hot button political issue in the Trump administration. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Amid Texas blackouts, Democratic energy regulators dismiss GOP effort to ensure grid 'resilience'," 18 Feb. 2021 How to regulate oil storage tanks became a hot button issue that first surfaced in 2013 when, at the time, there was growing fears over tank leaks and explosions. al, "Africatown: Groups seek to change ‘environmental injustice’ in Mobile zoning code," 28 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of hot button

1966, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hot button was in 1966

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11 May 2021

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“Hot button.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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