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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.
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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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IT was surprising to see Kilkenny hit the panic button on Sunday after Mark Fanning's penalty for Wexford.
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He said that would accept the result of the party nomination, even if he loses.Mr Mudavadi said in a statement that it "is the DP who has hit the panic button for endorsement".
Despite projecting that he just had been lucky, Lee hopes that he could ride on the momentum as the Hotshots continue to seek for wins as the Governors' Cup nears its midway mark where teams usually hit the panic button and scramble to snag victories for the playoffs.
CHRIS CADDEN insists Motherwell won't hit the panic button yet - despite losing four games on the spin.
The feelgood factor of making it to the final four in Russia was evident in and around the stadium and Trippier does not feel there is any reason to hit the panic button as semi-final defeat to Croatia and a loss to Belgium in the third-place play-off was followed up by another reverse on England's return.
BOURMEMOUTH manager Eddie Howe is not about to hit the panic button as his side prepare to take on Liverpool and then Manchester United with their Premier League status not yet secure.
Investors realise they are in soft, shifting territory but they need not hit the panic button yet.
@WayneFlanagan IT'S too early to hit the panic button. Our recent form has been poor, but we have not been completely outplayed that often so far.
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. This is so even though you are more likely to die falling in your bathtub than of terrorism.
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.
Steve McClaren does not believe that Mike Ashley or managing director Lee Charnley will hit the panic button and show him the door at St James' Park.