Definition of panic button in English:

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panic button


A button for summoning help in an emergency: personal attack circuits are operated by panic buttons
More example sentences
  • The panic button consists of two buttons, red and green.
  • The terrified cashier couldn't use a panic button to alert emergency services because the phone lines to the garage have been out of order for three weeks.
  • Her home will probably be fitted with a panic button to summon police if she is attacked.


press (or push or hit) the panic button

informal Respond to a situation by panicking or taking emergency measures: the very thought of reaching 50 makes me want to press the panic button
More example sentences
  • Our central bankers responded by hitting the panic button, provoking an abrupt and dramatic change in market perceptions.
  • Panic buys have been replaced by pressing the panic button and jettisoning the guy in charge of the team.
  • We are mindful of that but it is not a situation where we think it necessary to press the panic button.

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