safety valve

noun

Definition of safety valve

  1. 1 :  an automatic escape or relief valve (as for a steam boiler)

  2. 2 :  an outlet for pent-up energy or emotion

  3. 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.

1813

First Known Use of safety valve

1813


SAFETY VALVE Defined for English Language Learners

safety valve

noun

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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