safety valve


safety valve
safety valve ˈsafety valve noun [countable]
a small part on a machine that opens to let out steam or pressure when it becomes too great:

• the safety valve device on the boiler

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safety valve UK US noun [C]
PRODUCTION a part of a machine that opens to release pressure if it becomes too high: »

The process involves shutting safety valves beneath the water's surface to prevent oil and gas releases.

something in a system or situation that helps when problems become too great: »

Experts say there must be a safety valve built into the system to relieve the stress caused by an economic slowdown.

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There's no safety valve, like higher air fare prices, to offset higher oil prices.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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