panic button


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 Is Mark Zuckerberg hitting the panic button by changing Facebook’s name to Meta? Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 26 Oct. 2021 Devin Booker didn't feel a need to hit the panic button after the Suns lost by 29 points Saturday night at Portland. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 29 Oct. 2021 To ensure her safety, Harvard has installed a panic button in her office on campus., 23 Aug. 2021 If the Dolphins would have taken advantage of its scoring opportunities against the Jaguars the score would have been, 21-10, at the half, and the Jaguars would have probably pressed the panic button in the second half. Omar Kelly,, 21 Oct. 2021 Canada’s Parliament and law enforcement were considering offering lawmakers a home security system and a panic button-like device, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported in November. Washington Post, 16 Oct. 2021 The foundation said the money will help roughly 400 workers in the emergency room and inpatient rooms receive a panic button on their badge. NBC News, 21 Sep. 2021 The significant increase in attacks pushed them to add the panic button system, Brandei Clifton, the hospital's communications manager, told NPR. Julie Mazziotta,, 1 Oct. 2021 My take is it’s far too soon to hit the panic button about Alabama. John Talty |, al, 19 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of panic button

1948, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of panic button was in 1948

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20 Nov 2021

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“Panic button.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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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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