hot button


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hot button

n. Slang
Something that elicits a strong emotional response or reaction: an issue that became a hot button among younger voters.

hot-but·ton adj.

hot button

n
informal
a. a controversial subject or issue that is likely to arouse strong emotions
b. (as modifier): the hot-button issue of abortion.
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Obama touches all the hot button words like the "nuclear option," "strict constructionists," and the like but never really says anything deep or brave or new other than to remind us that the hot buttons are really hot.
Instead, he calls his supervisor on the IP phone with the touch of a hot button.
ONCE THERE, SELECT THE AMMOHELP ON THE WEB HOT BUTTON AND FILL OUT THE FORM.
On retail sales, the hot button for many residents, Jeffra emphasizes patience: Antelope Valley Mall is getting exhausted and that retail will start moving north toward Lancaster.
But while Bernanke insists that the government can print new money "at essentially no cost," Crudele supplies the historical context that the Fed governor artfully avoided: "The printing press image is a hot button with economists because that's exactly what the Germans did in the 1920s when that country was faced with huge budget deficits because of World War I.
In Unfinished Business, Malveaux and Perry attempt to duke it out over 10 hot button issues for women.
Once the consumer hot button has been pressed for whatever reason, the red alert is supremely difficult to turn off.
But as the political season heats up, Clinton also has pushed this hot button.
If there is a hot button issue, using NFBS is an opportunity to get that message out quickly and affordably to a wide audience, which includes ag consumers.
She's added an area (of a lot of development) where the issue (of slow growth) is a hot button.
Everybody's got a different hot button,'' he said at the edge of the on-campus practice field.