Definition of boss key in English:

boss key

noun

informal
  • A video game facility which enables users to avoid detection when playing at work by displaying a spreadsheet or other fake display when a certain key is pressed.

    • ‘This was a fairly common feature in early computer games for personal computers, when most boss keys were used to show dummy DOS prompts.’
    • ‘In a real panic situation finding the boss key can be difficult.’
    • ‘In the old days boss keys would put up a fake spreadsheet or something’
    • ‘If your employer is stupid enough to be fooled by employees using “boss keys” to evade personal web use detection, then your job (even your life) is probably in danger.’
    • ‘The boss key also comes in handy since the system requirements aren't high and playing a game or two during the course of the work day is easy.’