safety valve

noun
Updated on: 12 Apr 2018

Definition of safety valve

1 : an automatic escape or relief valve (as for a steam boiler)
2 : an outlet for pent-up energy or emotion
3 : something that relieves the pressure of overcrowding

Examples of safety valve in a Sentence

  1. His hobbies act as a safety valve, relieving some of the pressure he feels from his job.

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First Known Use of safety valve

1744

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SAFETY VALVE Defined for English Language Learners

safety valve

Definition of safety valve for English Language Learners

  • : a part in a machine that opens automatically to release steam, water, gas, etc., when pressure becomes too great

  • : something that allows someone to release mental stress and tension in a harmless way


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