panic button
noun Date: circa 1950 something setting off a precipitous emergency response <
there was no pushing of panic buttons at the White House, no rushing of troops — J. C. Harsch
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • panic button — panic ,button noun count an object that you press to send a signal to someone, for example the police, to tell them that you need help press/push the panic button INFORMAL to become very worried about something bad that happens and react suddenly …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • panic button — ► NOUN ▪ a button for summoning help in an emergency …   English terms dictionary

  • Panic button — A panic button can either be a button that triggers an alarm or a button that resets a MIDI musical instrument.AlarmExamples of alarm panic buttons are: * A button in a critical system (such as a nuclear weapons system) used to quickly activate… …   Wikipedia

  • panic button — noun 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 • Hypernyms: ↑push button, ↑push, ↑button * * * noun, pl ⋯ tons [count] : a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • panic button — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms panic button : singular panic button plural panic buttons an object that you press to send a signal to someone, for example the police, to tell them that you need help • press/push the panic button informal to… …   English dictionary

  • panic button — 1. an alarm button for use in an emergency, as to summon help. 2. Informal. push or hit or press the panic button, to give way to panic in a distressing situation. [allegedly first used in reference to emergency bell systems on World War II… …   Universalium

  • panic button — n. to press, push the panic button * * * [ pænɪkˌbʌtn] push the panic button to press …   Combinatory dictionary

  • panic button — /ˈpænɪk bʌtn/ (say panik butn) Colloquial –noun 1. an imaginary device said to be pressed when one gets flustered by an emergency: *Besides earthquakes, Nan feared storms the most. Lightning and thunder, her old favourites, never failed to… …   Australian English dictionary

  • panic button —   n.    any switching device in an alarm system designed to be activated by a person in a panic situation. It creates an immediate alarm condition …   Locksmith dictionary

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