push/hit/press the panic button

Definition of push/hit/press the panic button

  1. :  to become extremely afraid or nervous when something bad happens or might happen Medical officials says there is no need to push the panic button over two isolated cases of the disease.

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

  1. :  to reach with or as if with a sudden blow

    :  to come in quick forceful contact with

    :  to strike (as a ball) with an object (as a bat, club, or racket) so as to impart or redirect motion

  1. :  an act or instance of striking or forcefully coming in contact with someone or something :  an act or instance of hitting or being hit

    :  a stroke of luck

    :  a great success

pressplay
  1. :  a crowd or crowded condition :  throng

    :  a thronging or crowding forward or together

    :  an apparatus or machine by which a substance is cut or shaped, an impression of a body is taken, a material is compressed, pressure is applied to a body, liquid is expressed, or a cutting tool is fed into the work by pressure

  1. :  to act upon through steady pushing or thrusting force exerted in contact :  squeeze

    :  assail, harass

    :  afflict, oppress

  1. :  to force into service especially in an army or navy :  impress

    :  to take by authority especially for public use :  commandeer

    :  to take and force into any usually emergency service

  1. :  impressment into service especially in a navy

    :  a warrant for impressing recruits

panicplay
  1. :  of, relating to, or resembling the mental or emotional state believed induced by the god Pan

    :  of, relating to, or arising from a panic

    :  of or relating to the god Pan

  1. :  a sudden overpowering fright

    :  acute, extreme anxiety

    :  a sudden unreasoning terror often accompanied by mass flight

  1. :  to affect with panic

    :  to cause to laugh uproariously

    :  to be affected with panic

buttonplay
  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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