Definition of hot button in English:

Share this entry

hot button


[often as modifier] North American informal
A topic or issue that is highly charged emotionally or politically: the hot-button issue of nuclear waste disposal
More example sentences
  • Crime is the hot button issue of modern politics, generating more heat than any other topic.
  • Even on the hot button issue of crime, the Democrats managed to pull even in the last decade.
  • People don't think that politics can be absolutely hilarious, and getting involved politically doesn't have to be about arguing about hot button issues.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: hot but¦ton

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.