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press/push the right button/buttons

to do exactly what is necessary to get the result that you want You have to know how to push all the right buttons if you want to be a successful diplomat. Sometimes you're interviewing someone really shy and then you press the right button and they just don't stop talking.
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It's just having someone to push the right button and give us things to work on.
I'm getting rid of the anger from the Barcelona match, but if you push the right button in my soul you will find a bit of anger," said Hiddink.
The first one was to see if the tech no phobic leader of the world's most powerful nation could workout how to push the right button on his White House computer.
They refused to push the right button to support striking Unison members, despite being supported directly by Unison.
One, a variation on Pac-man, came about because our mouse has two buttons on it: push the left button and you can draw; push the right button and you can erase.
I try to push the right buttons to get the best out of every player, and I feel like I know them well and look after them.
During the 5-minute interview, Whitlock did his best to push the right buttons to inflame the controversy and increase the viral spread of his anti-gun comments and his name.
Our challenge is to push the right buttons and focus on areas where we can add value.
Push the right buttons in a way only you can, Cancer.
1 there we would have suggested razing it, not enlarging it--can't Arkansas and/or Little Rock push the right buttons for the TWO games a year that mean so much to central Arkansans (not to mention eastern and southern Arkansans)?
We tried to push the right buttons, to stimulate them to do the right things.
This time it will be on a national level so I will have to push the right buttons in just a week to get the winning climate and team spirit.
I hope that, together, we can push the right buttons for the players to get the best out of them, to win football matches.
A Sky Travel spokesman said: "Becki is clearly intent on surprising audiences with her innate ability to push the right buttons with the local men.
Now the hope the public will start to push the right buttons as they chose yesterday - 9/9/99 - to launch their new 999 campaign.