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Vulcan Nerve Pinch

/vəl-kən nərv pinch/

n. [from the old "Star Trek" TV series via Commodore Amiga hackers]

The keyboard combination that forces a soft-boot or jump to ROM monitor (on machines that support such a feature). On many micros this is Ctrl-Alt-Del; on Suns, L1-A; on some Macintoshes, it is <Cmd>-<Power switch>! Also called three-finger salute.

Compare quadruple bucky.