idiot lights

idiot lights
Australian Slang
pl n warning lights on a dashboard

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  • idiot lights — A colloquial term for the indicator lights on the dashboard which are illuminated when the vehicle is experiencing some problem such as a lack of oil, overheating, failed brakes, low fuel, etc. The alternative is to install gauges which indicate… …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • Idiot lights — pl n warning lights on a dashboard …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • Idiot light — is a mildly derogatory term that refers to a simplistic method of displaying information about a system (e.g. an engine, or a piece of factory equipment). Usually found in display panels, such as an automobile dashboard, idiot lights consist of… …   Wikipedia

  • idiot light — n. a light (instead of a meter) on a car’s dashboard that indicates the state of various things concerning the operation of the car. □ I don’t want idiot lights. I want meters! □ The idiot light went on, and I knew I was in some sort of trouble …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • idiot light — A warning or caution light in the cockpit, in lieu of an instrument, which shows the functioning or malfunction of a certain system. Idiot lights may be provided in lieu of ammeters, the engine oil pressure gauge, etc. In these instances, they… …   Aviation dictionary

  • idiot light — See idiot lights …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • idiot light — n. Informal any of various lights on an instrument panel or dashboard that remind or warn the operator or driver of something * * * …   Universalium

  • idiot light — n. Informal any of various lights on an instrument panel or dashboard that remind or warn the operator or driver of something …   English World dictionary

  • idiot light — noun (C) AmE informal one of the lights in a car that warns you when something is wrong …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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