Is there a term for

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Shenfeng

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a part of ob maybe a piece of machinery that is deliberately designed to be weaker and therefore to break down first before an further harm can be done.

In German we call that a "Sollbruchstelle". 'Predetermined breaking point' is a translation that comes close but I'm actually looking for something a little more colloquial.

Does anything come to mind?

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How about a "fail-safe" point?
 
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