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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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Meanwhile, former Scotland captain Bruce Rioch believes it is too early to push the panic button despite three defeats for 'Berti's Babes'.
Former Scotland captain Bruce Rioch believes it is too early to push the panic button. Rioch believes the harsh truth is that the talent required to turn around Scotland's fortunes simply does not exist.
But his partner, John Philliben, insisted it was far too early to push the panic button and that he would be a fool not to want the job.
SVEN Goran Eriksson refused to push the panic button last night after his winning run as England coach came to a crashing end.
Even though they fell behind to a Justin McBride goal after only 37 seconds, Newry failed to push the panic button and, after recovering from that early shock, they completely dominated the match and could actually have won by a more comprehensive margin.
For Castillo, it is not yet time to push the panic button, since they still have four games, only needing to win three of those to assure a spot to the semifinals.
Pearson (above) is under mounting pressure and after seeing other clubs push the panic button, the City hierarchy are set to act to save their play-off push.
WHILE we are battling to get away from the bottom of the Championship table, no-one should go and push the panic button.
IAN McCALL is refusing to push the panic button despite being eight points behind leaders Dundee.
"I don't think we need to push the panic button here," Ms.
"I missed five cuts in a row at the start of the year but didn't push the panic button," said the 36-year-old.
First- time buyers though should not push the panic button at yesterday's Bank of England announcement of a quarter of a percentage point rise to 3.75 per cent.