cough button

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

So called because the radio presenter might push the button when having to cough.

Noun[edit]

cough button (plural cough buttons)

  1. (broadcasting) A button that temporarily stops the recording and transmission of a radio show.
    • 1987, Cincinnati Magazine (volume 20, number 6, March 1987, page 51)
      "Al pushed his cough button, stood up, punched the guy and knocked him flat on his back," recalls Gordon. "He absolutely poled the man. Then he pushed the button again and continued on with his newscast. People watching never knew anything happened."