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hot button

Highly politicized or emotionally charged. Often used in the phrase "a hot button issue." Primarily heard in US. Wealth redistribution is a hot button issue on both sides of the political aisle.
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a hot button

AMERICAN, INFORMAL
COMMON If a subject or problem is a hot button, people have very strong feelings about it. If crime is the city's issue most known to outsiders, rent control is the city's hot button for its residents. Note: Hot-button can be used before a noun. These controversial, hot-button issues create hazards for politicians.
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For example, food safety is a hot button for consumers and farmers--the whole threat of bioterrorism and security is vital to all of us.
Herald suggests that the civil unions issue may not be a political hot button in November after all.
Just press the hot button, and you can destroy your opponent by revealing his sex life, real or imagined--it makes no difference if you have the hard-soft cash to buy time for a TV ad or to finance something like Gary Bauer's Family Research Council, where gays are compassionately demonized for having made a "a bad choice" in the cafeteria of sexual delights when, with a bit of therapy or prayer, they could change and become as wretched as those sad straights, half of whom are doomed to undergo divorce, battles over child custody, and charges of overpopulating the planet (if only from me) while glumly submitting, if in office--if oval-shaped--to the eager, if incompetent (the navy blue dress
I need to find out how to push their hot button, so to speak.
Under the guise of protecting America's families or spouting Christian values, this group of right-wing crusaders is pushing the following issues: The curtailment of funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, always a hot button for conservatives on a mission to protect the population from government-funded pornography; opposition to partial birth abortions, a horrific procedure that, while unfortunate, impacts but a few thousand women annually; and, in the only rational position that has any broad-base of support, an end to the marriage tax penalty.
The hot button there is confidence - confidence in the local economy.