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loaded question

A question that carries additional emotional weight or significance—whether positive or negative—beyond its literal or basic meaning. A: "Tell me, how would you describe your relationship with your mother?" B: "Wow, what a loaded question!"
See also: loaded, question
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loaded question

A question heavy with meaning or emotional impact, as in When he inquired after Helen's ex-husband, that was a loaded question. This term employs loaded in the sense of "charged with hidden implication." [Mid-1900s]
See also: loaded, question
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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