panic button

noun
|Updated on: 31 Jul 2018

Definition of panic button

: 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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First Known Use of panic button

1948

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PANIC BUTTON Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of panic button for English Language Learners

  • : a button in a bank, store, etc., that a person can press to call for help during an emergency (such as a robbery)


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