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.

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At the moment, neither party can agree on how to repair America's crumbling infrastructure or what to do about the hot button issue of climate change. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "Some people say it never happened, but this Dallas author says we can and will return to the moon," 3 July 2019 That legislation was shelved but the issue has become such a hot button topic in Hong Kong that -- despite promising to do so -- no governments since have attempted to introduce it. James Griffiths, CNN, "Mass protest in Hong Kong over law critics fear could allow China to snatch anyone," 8 June 2019 The same was true for another hot button case about Ohio's method for purging voters from its rolls. CNN, "Trump's originalist, Neil Gorsuch, finds his place," 7 Apr. 2018 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

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First Known Use of hot button

1966, in the meaning defined above

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12 Jul 2019

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The first known use of hot button was in 1966

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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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to form ideas or theories about something

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