pressure valve

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pressure valve (plural pressure valves)

  1. A valve designed to open when subjected to a given amount of pressure. Also used figuratively.
    • 2010, Los Angeles Times, 15 Oct 2010:
      WikiLeaks might have provided a pressure valve for those agents who were terribly worried about what might happen and frustrated by their superiors' seeming indifference.

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