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press (all) the right buttons

To do something very skillfully and in a way that produces the best or desired result. While the movie's plot is a bit thin, its charming 1980s aesthetic pushes all the right buttons. I must have hit the right buttons, because they've asked me back for a second interview.
See also: button, press, right
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press the right button


press the right buttons

If someone presses the right button or presses the right buttons, they skilfully do the things to have the effect they want. It is hard to know if you're pressing the right buttons because one reader's fantasy is another reader's yawn. Note: You can also say that someone presses all the right buttons. In what it describes as a well-judged performance, the newspaper says he pressed all the right buttons to please the representatives. Note: Verbs such as push and hit are sometimes used instead of press. In later talks with the chairman, he helped his cause by pushing all the right buttons.
See also: button, press, right
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If a player is a chippy type, a mouthy type or maybe a joker that isn't taking things seriously it is down to the manager to channel that and press all the right buttons to make sure that individual produces the goods.
The Cockney charmer knew how to press all the right buttons too when he told the workers: "You can go anywhere in the world and people will be talking about these bikes made in Meriden." Nowadays that would of course be Hinckley.
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