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    As if by a click of a button

    I am not sure if the phrase I have used in my sentence is the correct one. Is "as if by a click of a button" a proper English. These two sentences are from my short story. Would you please correct my mistakes or give me a more appropriate phrase?

    A woman with a wrinkled face was trying to catch the attention of the waitress. As if by a click of a button, my heart started to race.

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    Re: As if by a click of a button

    It's not natural for me. For a start, I have no idea why a woman clicking her fingers to attract the attention of the waitress would make your heart race. With regard to "As if by a click of a button", it's simply not a construction we use.

    As if someone had pushed a button in my chest, my heart suddenly began to race.

    The only common expression that starts like yours is "As if by magic ..." when you want to express that something appeared or happened very suddenly and without explanation, almost as if a magician had been involved.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: As if by a click of a button

    Thank you emsr,
    I could not post the whole chapter in "ask the teacher."
    The gist is that because of the previous bad experiences with the hotel manager, my narrator feels fear whenever some of the guests complains. So when the woman wants to attract the attention of the waitress, he believes that suddenly the manager will come up. But I think "As if someone had pushed a button in my chest, my heart suddenly began to race" is the sentence I need.

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