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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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'Everyone is disappointed at the way team has performed in the World Cup but one shouldn't press the panic button,' he said.
'Everyone is disappointed at the way team has performed in the World Cup [so far] but one shouldn't press the panic button,' he said.
TOMMY WRIGHT has revealed he didn't press the panic button after St Johnstone suffered four straight defeats because he knew they'd come good.
'We advise members not to press the panic button without evaluating.
DAVE MACKEY is refusing to press the panic button as Bray languish at the bottom of the table.
But coach Atoy Co is in no mood to press the panic button as he remains firm in the belief that the Cardinals can handle the toughest stretch of the first round.
Jackie McNamara refused to press the panic button as Dundee United failed to get off the starting grid.
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.
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.