distress call


a prearranged communication code sign indicating that the sender is in a situation of peril, distress, or the like, as SOS, Mayday, etc.Compare distress signal(def 1).
a communication prompted by or indicating distress: The hospital sent out distress calls for all available stocks of the antitoxin.

Nearby words

  1. distraint,
  2. distrait,
  3. distraite,
  4. distraught,
  5. distress,
  6. distress flag,
  7. distress frequency,
  8. distress gun,
  9. distress merchandise,
  10. distress sale

Origin of distress call

First recorded in 1910–15

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