push the right buttons

Definition of push the right buttons

informal

  1. :  to do the things that are needed to produce a desired effect or result The coach knows how to push all the right buttons to get his players ready for the game.

Word by Word Definitions

pushplay
  1. :  to press against with force in order to drive or impel

    :  to move or endeavor to move away or ahead by steady pressure without striking

    :  to thrust forward, downward, or outward

  1. :  a vigorous effort to attain an end :  drive:

    :  a military assault or offensive

    :  an advance that overcomes obstacles

rightplay
  1. :  righteous, upright

    :  being in accordance with what is just, good, or proper

    :  conforming to facts or truth :  correct

  1. :  qualities (such as adherence to duty or obedience to lawful authority) that together constitute the ideal of moral propriety or merit moral approval

    :  something to which one has a just claim: such as

    :  the power or privilege to which one is justly entitled

  1. :  according to right

    :  in the exact location, position, or moment :  precisely

    :  in a suitable, proper, or desired manner

  1. :  to do justice to :  redress the injuries of

    :  justify, vindicate

    :  avenge

buttonplay buttons
  1. :  a small knob or disk secured to an article (as of clothing) and used as a fastener by passing it through a buttonhole or loop

    :  a usually circular metal or plastic badge bearing a stamped design or printed slogan

    :  something that resembles a button: such as

  1. :  to furnish or decorate with buttons

    :  to pass (a button) through a buttonhole or loop

    :  to close (the lips) to prevent speech


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