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hot-button

[ hot-buht-n ]

adjective

  1. exciting strong feelings; highly charged; emotional:

    hot-button issues.



hot button

noun

  1. informal.
    1. a controversial subject or issue that is likely to arouse strong emotions
    2. ( as modifier )

      the hot-button issue of abortion



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Word History and Origins

Origin of hot-button1

First recorded in 1985–90
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Example Sentences

Gay marriage was the hot-button fight on the left and right.

In a hot-button cover story interview with Vanity Fair, Lawrence explained it best.

However, the ongoing bloody conflict between Israel and Palestine is apparently still too scorching a hot-button issue to touch.

Although any hot-button issue can lay bare the way fear fuels money in politics, the gun issue does it best.

There are in fact hot-button issues, red lines of a sort, which will determine whether an eventual deal is palatable.

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