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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"
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I don't think you should push the panic button as yet.
Grace Poe, who has been disqualified by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from the presidential race next year, need not not push the panic button just yet since the final printing of ballots will actually be in February.
Changsa, China -- Gilas Pilipinas Coach Tab Baldwin called his team's stunning 75-73 loss to Palestine a "big mistake", forcing them to push the panic button after the opening day of the FIBA Asia Championship.
Everyone goes into the first week of the season with high expectations and, when it doesn't work out as we hope, the tendency among fans is to push the panic button.
That is not the case as GM Griffin is not about to push the panic button yet, and fire his fourth coach (Mike Brown twice and Byron Scott) in a span of almost four years.
We must be vigilant, but not push the panic button just yet.
We're not going to push the panic button just yet, and we're just going to take the positives where we can.
but Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones isn't about to push the panic button.
It was claimed that the mega deal was virtually stalled forcing the IAF to push the panic button with the defence ministry.
Despite being put to the sword by Doncaster on the opening day of the season, Smith insisted there was no need to push the panic button any time soon.
There's plenty of things to ponder but we won't push the panic button.