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    pushing the button

    I heard someone was saying ".......pushing the button...." I know they are not talking about really pushing on a button. It sounded like implying "alarm something bad is going to happen".

    Anyone can help?

    Tks / ju

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    Re: pushing the button

    Could we have a bit more context?

    For example, it's a euphemism for knowing how to create an emotional reaction in someone else. It could also mean that something is all set to go and someone just needs to say "go" and it will start. It could mean you are going to figuratively push the "all systems stop" button because of a problem.
    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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    #3

    Re: pushing the button

    Is it (pushing the buttons) a neutral statement or a negative one ? I mean it sounds to me that pushing someone's buttons means knowing how to manipulate people for our own needs. Am I right or not?

    Thanks for your replies in advance as usual.

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    Re: pushing the button

    Yes, that is what "pushing someone's buttons" means.

    But "pushing the button" is not clear without more context.

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