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push somebody's buttons

to do exactly the right thing to get people to act the way you want He was an extremely good speaker and knew just how to push an audience's buttons to keep them interested.
Usage notes: also used in the form know what buttons to push: People in your own family know exactly what buttons to push to upset you.
Related vocabulary: yank somebody's chain
See also: button, push
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15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Bud Industries, a leading manufacturer of electronic enclosures, announced the release of its SPB Series push button box for commercial or industrial applications.
5mm, plus integral push buttons that provide a quick and easy connection of conductors to the printed circuit boards.
Designed for medical, industrial, and gaming products with short development cycles, the module replaces traditional push buttons and character displays with a graphical touch interface.
Unlike pedestrian signals at traffic lights, the warning lights aren't activated by push buttons because designers believe that pedestrians using push buttons might get a false sense of security.
It applies "visual styles" that skin the title bars, push buttons, scrollbars, radio buttons, and other elements of the Windows interface.
Limited Tenders are invited for Procurement Of Pendant Push Button Station, Microswitches And Push Buttons For Cranes And Hoists
With two pedestrian crosswalks more than 100 feet long at this intersection and no push buttons to favor demand, each cros
Varian's Navigator is the world's first "plug and play" turbopump to be equipped with DeviceNet, a widely used open communications network and protocol platform designed to connect factory floor devices, including sensors, push buttons, motor starters and drives, to control systems.
Tenders are invited for Pendant Push Button Station For Crane Operation Having 8 Double Speed Push Buttons Including Two Spare Push Buttons With Mechanical Interlock Along With One Emergency Stop, One Start / Alarm, One Indication Lamp And One Selector Switch.