Definition of nuclear option in English:

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nuclear option


The most drastic or extreme response possible to a particular situation.
Example sentences
  • Would you consider using the filibuster, that nuclear option, as a compromise called for under extreme circumstances for a Supreme Court nominee?
  • Republican leaders insisting that they would then respond by using the so-called nuclear option.
  • This is what forces the GOP to nuclear options like constitutional amendments, violent demagoguery and impeachment.

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Syllabification: nu·cle·ar op·tion

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