fat finger


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fat finger

Accidentally pressing the wrong key on a keyboard and entering an erroneous command that causes a serious problem. The term harks back to the very early days when computers were instructed to perform operations by flipping switches on the console.
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In a narrative approach, a big event (such as an abrupt drop in oil prices) must have a big cause (such as a big hedge fund selling or a fat finger data entry error).
The "fat finger" theory is my personal favorite; it holds that a trader accidentally hit "B" instead of"M" on his keyboard, selling off billions of dollars of Procter and Gamble stock rather than millions and catalyzing the freak-out.
Based on a preliminary review, the SEC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission said they found no evidence of "fat finger" errors, computer hacking, or terrorist activity involved in the May 6 market drop.
Experts said they had not found hacker or terrorist activity; no ''fat finger'' error in which an order for millions of shares was entered as billions; no unusually large single-stock trade that triggered the decline.
And the fat finger chips that came with the steak - that aren't chips at all - simply have to go.
More money than sense, or the notorious 'fat finger syndrome'?
The new low fat finger contains less than 3% fat and is ideal for on-the-go snacking.
This happened, according to the Daily Mail, "despite major banks and financial institutions pouring millions of pounds into tightening up their computer systems to prevent trades being made in error." The kind of error being referred to here recently has been dubbed "fat finger syndrome," apparently because it arises out of data input that is mistyped by bumbling human operators.
In addition to the turbulence in Tokyo, the mistake caused the Hang Seng index to fall more than 250 points in Hong Kong and raised fears that the scenario ( dubbed "fat finger" syndrome ( could occur in London.
AESOP's fat finger process is an extreme liability in a warfighting environment.
To her credit, Fat Finger did open the milk and juice and left straws for both.
8 MY CHUPA CHUP LOLLIPOP HOLDER is a grotesque fat finger with worms growing out of its brown flesh, and there's a hole for the Chupa Chup stick at the top of a chipped, long gray fingernail.