panic button

noun

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

Examples of panic button in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If television ratings are still down across the board in a year, sports executives will be reaching for the panic button. Kevin Draper, New York Times, "TV Ratings for Many Sports Are Down. Don’t Read Too Much Into It Yet.," 20 Oct. 2020 The veteran wideout is not hitting the panic button. Tyler Dragon, The Enquirer, "Bengals WR A.J. Green admits to being frustrated, but is confident his time will come," 16 Oct. 2020 If a big wave happens, and there's a strong demand, a lot of governments will likely press the panic button. NBC News, "As Covid-19 surges across Europe, countries fear drug shortages," 16 Oct. 2020 In a confrontation as old and tense as this one, with its numerous scrapes and scares, discerning when to hit the panic button can be hard. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, "Taiwan Is the Next Front in the U.S.-China Standoff," 10 Oct. 2020 Herman said that in one of the most unpredictable years of college football in some time, there’s no reason to hit the panic button after one loss. Dallas News, "Longhorns have ‘unbelievable’ Sunday heading into unprecedented matchup vs. Oklahoma," 5 Oct. 2020 This product is essentially a panic button that sends a signal to a satellite, summoning local help through emergency services in the region and providing your coordinates. Popular Science, "11 essential items for four specialized survival kits," 18 Aug. 2020 If the 49ers can’t contain Darnold and the Jets, start looking for that panic button. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "49ers’ defense must re-vaunt itself vs. Jets," 20 Sep. 2020 This product is essentially a panic button that sends a signal to a satellite, summoning local help through emergency services in the region and providing your coordinates. Popular Science, "11 essential items for four specialized survival kits," 18 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of panic button

1948, in the meaning defined above

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“Panic button.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/panic%20button. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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panic button

noun

English Language Learners Definition of panic button

: 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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