three-finger salute


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three-finger salute

The computer keystroke control-alt-delete, commonly used to force programs to close or the computer to restart. (A jocular play on the expression "one-finger salute," referring to the raising of the middle finger, a rude gesture commonly known as "the finger.") This computer is so janky that I have to give it the three-finger salute pretty much every day.
See also: salute

a three-finger salute

and TFS
n. & comp. abb. The keyboard keys Control, Alternate, Delete pressed at the same time when a program fails under the Windows operating system. (This is a play on one-finger salute, the digitus impudicus.) I had to give the TFS twice before the program would run.
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These offenses range from wearing red, which is the color of followers of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra as well as his sister Yingluck who was elected in 2011; to flashing the three-finger salute that figures in the movie franchise The Hunger Games that has come to be associated with rebellion; to reading George Orwell's novel 1984.
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Reader Helen Donnell, CPA, CMA, of Orlando, Florida, suggests a much better way to close down interfering programs: Use the infamous "three-finger salute" (Ctrl+Alt+ Delete).
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