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press (someone's) buttons

1. To do things that create a very strong emotional reaction in someone, especially anger, irritation, or exasperation. I hate Dave's new boyfriend—he's always trying to press my buttons, and he's doing a good job of it! No one will be able to press your buttons like your children, but it's all a part of the adventure of parenthood.
2. To be sexually attractive or arousing to someone. Did you see that waitress over at the other table? Man, she presses my buttons.
See also: button, press
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Matt said: "These assistance dogs, once fully trained, can be a lifesaver and can make sometimes difficult or painful daily tasks and routines achievable - tasks which many of us take for granted such as opening and closing doors and cupboards, helping with undressing, finding and retrieving items, pressing buttons and switches and even loading a washing machine.
As a pair they are dynamite and we are enjoying plotting Kaiser Chiefs' mark III with them pressing buttons.
He was pressing buttons on the central control panel to see if the roller would move.
Gwent Police have a team of officers using the vans, and sometimes all they do is sit in the van pressing buttons all day.
You have already been through the painful process of answering numerous stupid questions, pressing buttons and getting totally confused.
Through the window, they could see the parrot pressing buttons on a phone.
Alongside the dealing data came news that Schwab was enhancing its TouchTone Trader system that allows customers to trade simply by pressing buttons on their phone.
At least it will lessen the stress experienced by youngsters preoccupied by the responsibility of pressing buttons every 20 seconds and by their adult parents forced to baby-sit virtual pets for their children.
By pressing buttons on a game pad to move themselves in any direction, volunteers can visually travel through the maze while still lying in the fMRI machine.
On both occasions, I was put through to machines and passed from one to another, pressing buttons galore.
Unsatisfied by being given doner meat and chips, 24-year-old Sayers jumped over the counter and started pressing buttons on the till.
This will produce more accurate results than those of a driver simply pressing buttons.