Definition of panic button in English:

panic button


  • A button for summoning help in an emergency:

    ‘personal attack circuits are operated by panic buttons’
    • ‘On the night the incident took place, the nurses did manage to press the panic button at the accident and emergency department.’
    • ‘The terrified cashier couldn't use a panic button to alert emergency services because the phone lines to the garage have been out of order for three weeks.’
    • ‘We have now fitted an alarm system, with a panic button which switches on all the alarms if you press it.’
    • ‘The panic button consists of two buttons, red and green.’
    • ‘He suggested that schools could install an early-warning system like a panic button or could provide in-house training for teachers to manager difficult people.’
    • ‘Her home will probably be fitted with a panic button to summon police if she is attacked.’
    • ‘Bosses of the firm say the new system, which should be installed by the end of August, will also feature a panic button, allowing staff to call for help in an emergency.’
    • ‘No emergency communication system other than a portable panic button is available;’
    • ‘This also benefits the staff, who, should they find themselves in a dangerous situation, are able to press a panic button on the badge, alerting the controller to where they are in the building.’
    • ‘He added that the system includes a hidden panic button for hijack situations and emergencies as well as a tow-away alarm.’
    • ‘The radios have a panic button to enable help to be summoned immediately or to order CCTV operators to turn cameras on an incident.’


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