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"
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SCROOGE David Cameron suddenly wanting to play Santa Claus is a sure sign the Tories are hitting the panic button.
The Sandgrounders sat five points and three places above Boro at kick-off but, while defeat cast his team further adrift at the bottom, Daish says that they're not hitting the panic button just yet.
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But the appeal for all staff to volunteer to help out with the cleaning, in advance of an official inspection, has all the sound of someone hitting the panic button.
NEIL BACK insists it is too early in the season for Leeds Carnegie to start hitting the panic button.
But he has made it clear that hitting the panic button is the last thing on anyone's mind.
ALBION'S hunt for a successor to Bryan Robson is about to enter a third week -but fans hitting the panic button need to get the situation in perspective.
When Alikat hit the brakes he remained focused when others would have thrown the race away by hitting the panic button, and he did well to get her jumping again and to keep her interested.