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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
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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 ?
Jackie McNamara refused to press the panic button as Dundee United failed to get off the starting grid.
In case of any trouble, a passenger can press the panic button and the police will locate and help the passenger.
Charlton are without a win in seven games, but their boss Bob Peeters refuses to press the panic button.
They threatened a man working behind the counter and demanded cash, but he threatened to press the panic button and they ran off emptyhanded.
Brave Mr Atwal managed to lean over and press the panic button causing the alarm to sound.
On Saturday the Peasy drew 1-1 with Rob Roy but Paterson is refusing to press the panic button.
Stating that PCB will not press the panic button, chairman Zaka Ashraf said that he does not see any threat to Misbah's captaincy or Whatmore's tenure, adding that both of them have done well with the team in the last one year, the Daily Times reports.
Laudrup said: "You can always press the panic button just to bring someone in, but I don't think that was the case here.
SWANSEA boss Brendan Rodgers will not press the panic button after seeing his side's winless run away from home extended at Everton.
Manager Alex McLeish will not press the panic button but is aware of the need to bring in a quality striker during the January transfer window.
If we were at the end of February or in March and were nine or ten points adrift - that is when you press the panic button, but at this moment in time we are a point from fourth bottom - so where's the panic?
STEVE SIDWELL is refusing to press the panic button after Aston Villa's dismal form of the past few months, but he concedes no club is too big to avoid relegation.