Definition of panic button noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

panic button

 noun
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  • a button that someone working in a bank, etc. can press to call for help if they are in danger
  • Idioms
    hit/press/push the panic button
     
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    to react in a sudden or extreme way to something unexpected that has frightened you The government pressed the panic button yesterday as the economy plunged deeper into crisis.
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: panic button