panic button

noun

Definition of panic button

  1. :  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

First Known Use of panic button

1948


PANIC BUTTON Defined for English Language Learners

panic button

noun

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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