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NounEdit

hot-button (plural hot-buttons)

  1. Alternative form of hot button
    • 1995, Scott D. Wright, Human ecology: progress through integrative perspectives, page 262:
      As is usually the casee when the use of stimulant medications like Ritalin makes it into mainstream media, the [Sroufe] piece pushed emotional hot-buttons in a way that would scare the daylights out of uninformed readers and lead them to avoid ever using such medications or allowing their children to, thereby giving up on a class of medications with enormous potential benefits.
    • 1998, Ginny Pearson Barnes, Successful Negotiating: Letting the Other Person Have Your Way, →ISBN:
      What will trigger my hot-button?
    • 2012, Jay L. Lebow, Twenty-First Century Psychotherapies, →ISBN:
      Therapist: As you can see, this particular thought represents a hot-button emotionally for Susan

AdjectiveEdit

hot-button (not comparable)

  1. Arousing intense reactions; eliciting strong emotion or controversy.
    The newspaper published articles on the hot-button issues on the front page to attract attention.
    • 2005, Dave Zirin, What's My Name, Fool?: Sports and Resistance in the United States, →ISBN:
      It was too hot-button, too controversial for the athlete.
    • 2014, Roland L. Bessette, The Empress of Graniteport, →ISBN:
      This would be hot-button if Slade lived in Alaska.
    • 2017, Jennifer Weiner, Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing, page 284:
      Her platform was AIDS awareness—a big deal for an organization whose representatives usually embraced less hot-button causes.