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 for Vulcan nerve pinch
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  Vulcan nerve pinch
   n.
  
      [from the old Star Trek TV series via Commodore Amiga hackers] The keyboard
      combination that forces a soft-boot or jump to ROM monitor (on machines
      that support such a feature). On Amigas this is --
      ; on PC clones this is Ctrl-Alt-Del; on Suns, L1-A; on
      Macintoshes, it is - or --! On IRIX,
      , which kills and restarts the X
      server, is sometimes called a vulcan nerve pinch. Also called three-finger
      salute and Vulcan death grip. At shops with a lot of Microsoft Windows
      machines, this is often called the Microsoft Maneuver because of the
      distressing frequency with which Microsoft's unreliable software requires
      it. Compare quadruple bucky.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  Vulcan nerve pinch
  three-finger salute
  
      (Or "three-finger salute", Vulcan death grip; from
     the old "Star Trek" TV series via Commodore Amiga
     hackers) The keyboard combination that forces a soft boot
     or jump to ROM monitor (on machines that support such a
     feature).
  
     On an Amiga this is done with Ctrl/Right Amiga/Left Amiga; on
     IBM PCs and many microcomputers it is Ctrl/Alt/Del; on
     Suns, L1-A; on some Macintoshes, it is -!  Silicon Graphics users are obviously the most
     dextrous however, as these machines use the five-finger
     combination: Left Shift/Left Ctrl/Left Alt/Keypad Divide/F12.
  
     Compare quadruple bucky.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (2000-04-04)
  

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