a hot-button issue


1. a current, often controversial subject that people have strong opinions about






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immigration has become a hot-button issue

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If a button was really hot, you wouldn't want to touch it! In this figurative expression, a 'hot-button issue' is a subject or topic that a lot of people might avoid because it evokes anger or argument. Nowadays, issues like Climate Change, Transgender Rights, and Systemic Racism are 'hot-button issues' because people have very strong opinions about how to address them; and they regularly lead to heated arguments.

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  1. In the past few years, immigration has become a hot-button issue in Western society.
  2. Police brutality and racism is a hot button issue many newspapers are afraid to address.

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  1. Companies are increasingly linking their advertising to hot-button issues, knowing that controversy often leads to widespread coverage.
  2. At the conference experts in their fields will discuss the hot button issues facing global organisations today.

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