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panic button

noun
1.
an alarm button for use in an emergency, as to summon help.
Idioms
2.
push / hit / press the panic button, Informal. to give way to panic in a distressing situation.
Origin
allegedly first used in reference to emergency bell systems on World War II bombers such as the B-17 and B-24
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British Dictionary definitions for panic-button

panic button

noun
1.
a button or switch that operates any of various safety devices, for use in an emergency
2.
(informal) hit the panic button, press the panic button, to react to a situation by demanding emergency action; become excited; panic
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panic button

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hit the panic button


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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