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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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A woman in Bursa was wounded with a knife by her husband, despite the fact that she had pushed the panic button, because her location was not spotted on the map," said the directorate in the report submitted to the parliamentary commission.
The quick thinking worker had spotted the danger when he burst in and had pushed the panic button alerting police.
He later pushed the panic button in his cab, sending an emergency alert across the whole Auckland Co-Op network.
Irvine was in charge for 110 games and Shaw pushed the panic button following ten below-par shows despite the fact his overall record included 45 wins as manager.