from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang A signal for a hasty emotional response to an emergency: Stay calm; there's no need to hit the panic button.

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  • n. An emergency button which, when pressed, alerts authorities of danger or triggers an alarm system.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a button to push in order to summon help in case of an emergency


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  • The amenities were impressive: Kitchenette with microwave and fully stocked fridge and freezer; fully stocked bar in the living room; TV, VCR, and CD player; enormous Jacuzzi and shower; phones with panic button everywhere, including the bathroom and the walk-in closet.

    Till the Butchers Cut Him Down


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