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priority interrupt

priority interrupt: [from the hardware term] n. Describes any
   stimulus compelling enough to yank one right out of hack mode.
   Classically used to describe being dragged away by an SO for
   immediate sex, but may also refer to more mundane interruptions
   such as a fire alarm going off in the near vicinity.  Also called
   an NMI (non-maskable interrupt), especially in PC-land.