Top Definition
The new, hip word for 'last resort' coined by the creative vocabularies in the united states senate.
Buying out the Mom & Pop store was the nuclear option.
by Brisk May 29, 2005
An act of retribution or last resort that is unwarranted or overly severe in its consequences.
She de-friending him on Facebook was the nuclear option; it was unnecessary and embarassed him in front of his friends.
by outnabout April 21, 2010
The term for the Republican maneuver to severely limit filibusters in the Senate, thereby granting a large amount of power to a simple Majority.
If the GOP excercises the nuclear option, the U.S. is in deep doo-doo.
by GPF April 11, 2005

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