panic button

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panic button

n. Slang
A signal for a hasty emotional response to an emergency: Stay calm; there's no need to hit the panic button.

panic button

n
1. a button or switch that operates any of various safety devices, for use in an emergency
2. (Communications & Information) a button on the user interface of a social networking site that may be used to report offensive, obscene, or suspicious postings
3. hit the panic button press the panic button informal to react to a situation by demanding emergency action; become excited; panic
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.panic button - a button to push in order to summon help in case of an emergencypanic button - a button to push in order to summon help in case of an emergency; "the circuit is operated by a panic button"; "when he saw that I was angry he hit the panic button"
push button, button, push - an electrical switch operated by pressing; "the elevator was operated by push buttons"; "the push beside the bed operated a buzzer at the desk"
References in periodicals archive ?
Shiyam hit the panic button then picked up the wasp spray and pointed it at his eyes, forcing him to flee empty handed from the shop in Beeston, Notts.
WayneFlanagan IT'S too early to hit the panic button.
Top Six US Problems worse than Terrorism Every time a person of Middle Eastern heritage who ought to have been committed to an insane asylum but wasn't (because rich people who don't want to pay taxes successfully lobbied to get rid of insane asylums) commits violence, our press and politicians hit the panic button.
WATFORD v ARSENAL ARSENE WENGER last night laughed off the idea he's hit the panic button after Jamie Vardy snubbed a move to Arsenal.
Ricky James shot the Cumbrians into an early advantage but Town didn't hit the panic button and responded through Gary Day twice and Paul Dunn before half-time.
Halsall, however, was refusing to hit the panic button and believes she is in fine fettle ahead of the 50m freestyle tonight.
GATESHEAD Leam Rangers did not hit the panic button after they could not break the deadlock at battling basement side Wideopen.
Colchester hit the panic button as fears of a winter crisis in the NHS prompted ministers to top up emergency funds.
Judith Shaw, from Rhos y Medre in Wrexham, collapsed in her hallway and says her beloved Louie immediately hit the panic button and cried into the intercom to raise the alarm.
He said: "If you're asking me if I'm going to hit the panic button after that, then the answer is no.
Then unarmed TSA officers left the screening area and did not call for help or hit the panic button.
Paul Sheerin won't hit the panic button despite a disastrous start to the season that has seen Arbroath crash out of two cups and slump to the bottom of the division.