deadman's handle


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deadman's handle

[¦ded‚manz ′han·dəl]
(mechanical engineering)
A handle on a machine designed so that the operator must continuously press on it in order to keep the machine running.
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As the test driver explained that the deadman's handle stops the train if the driver has a heart attack, the Prince quipped: "It runs in the family.
DeadMan's Handle is designed to prevent such information from falling into the wrong hands - like a super-password with teeth.
You must save the files that you want to protect in the designated folder and make back-ups - if DeadMan's Handle "goes off" they will be permanently deleted.