safety valve Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"safety valve" in British English

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safety valvenoun [C]

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safety valve noun [C] (MACHINE)

a ​smallpart on a ​machine that ​allowssteam or ​gas to ​escape if the ​pressure inside the ​machinebecomes too high

safety valve noun [C] (FEELINGS)

a way of getting ​rid of ​strongfeelings without ​causingharm: For many ​people who ​suffer from ​stress at ​work, ​sport is a ​vitalsafetyvalve.
(Definition of safety valve from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"safety valve" in American English

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safety valvenoun [C]

 /ˈseɪf·ti ˌvælv/
a ​device on a ​machine that ​allowssteam or ​gas to ​escape if there is too much ​pressure: fig. For ​people with ​stressfuljobs, ​weekends in the ​country can be a good safety valve.
(Definition of safety valve from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"safety valve" in Business English

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safety valvenoun [C]

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PRODUCTION a ​part of a ​machine that ​opens to ​releasepressure if it becomes too high: The ​process involves ​shuttingsafety valves beneath the water's surface to prevent ​oil and ​gasreleases.
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 ​economicslowdown. There's no ​safety valve, like ​higherairfareprices, to ​offsethigheroilprices.
(Definition of safety valve from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “safety valve”
in Chinese (Simplified) 机器, 安全阀…
in Chinese (Traditional) 機器, 安全閥…
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