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    at pushing your buttons

    Sometimes,it's the ones you love the most who are the best at pushing your buttons.

    The above is the message posted at the website where we can find a lot of words and quotes with inspiration.

    May I know what does it mean by saying 'at pushing your buttons' in the above sentence?

    Tks / ju

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    Re: at pushing your buttons

    When someone knows how to "push your buttons" they know what things will have the biggest emotional response from you.

    The implied metaphor is that you are a machine that they know how to operate.

    If you know that your sister is sensitive about her weight, then making comments about the size of her dessert will have a response - you're pushing her buttons by bringing it up.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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