- panic button
1. an imaginary device said to be pressed when one gets flustered by an emergency: *Besides earthquakes, Nan feared storms the most. Lightning and thunder, her old favourites, never failed to trigger her panic button. –sally morgan, 1987.
2. press (or hit) the panic button, to react as to an emergency; overreact.
Australian English dictionary. 2014.
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