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

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There are even panic buttons installed around the house to call the police. Cator Sparks, House Beautiful, "Spice Girl Mel B's Los Angeles Home is on the Market for $5.9 Million," 6 Mar. 2019 Teachers have cellphone panic buttons to alert police and soon will have special locks on classroom doors that can be activated remotely. Tawnell D. Hobbs, WSJ, "One School District’s Security Upgrade: Facial Recognition, Tracking IDs and AR-15s," 3 Feb. 2019 But a simpler option like notOK, a kind of digital panic button developed this year by siblings Hannah and Charlie Lucas in Georgia, will set you back a mere $1.99 a month. Amy Ellis Nutt, Washington Post, "To Your Health newsletter," 2 July 2018 Each school has a panic button and security camera system that feeds to the sheriff’s office. Erica L. Green And Manny Fernandez, New York Times, "Trump Wants to Arm Teachers. These Schools Already Do.," 1 Mar. 2018 Don’t hit the panic button — this is another off color that can be fixed with dietary adjustments. Tina Ferraro, Teen Vogue, "Period Blood Color Guide: What Colored Blood Means For Your Health," 9 Aug. 2018 Measures taken by schools in metro Detroit include: Farmington Public Schools has installed panic buttons in main offices. Detroit Free Press, "Florida shooting: How Mich. schools boost security to prevent tragedy," 15 Feb. 2018 Garcia crawled into the kitchen to press the panic button on his home security system. Steve Burns, ajc, "VIDEO: Armed intruder forces man into home during robbery," 16 May 2018 The news marks the second time that the distribution of panic buttons for hotel workers has made headlines this week. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Las Vegas' MGM Resorts, Caesars Entertainment workers to be given panic buttons," 7 July 2018

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1948, in the meaning defined above

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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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