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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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As we began to study what drivers do that cause distraction, we recognized that drivers press buttons to tune the radio or interact with their mobile phone to listen to music content on their mobile phone or to stream internet radio," said Michael Metcalf, CEO of Voice Assist.
Despite his soaring reputation Hamilton went back to basics as he learned to press buttons and flick switches as he got to grips with more than 30 different settings on the highly complex steering wheel of his F1 machine.
There seems to be more and more automated telephone systems with recorded voices which ask you to press buttons 1,2,3, and you cannot ask any questions because there is no one there to answer.
Cheryl added: ``I thought Orc a was unbelievable, anyway, because he can obey 105 commands, unload the washing machine and press buttons at the pedestrian crossing.
Visitors can press buttons and wind handles to bring the models to life.
We assured them that there will be crosswalks with signals that do not require people to press buttons or interfere with their religious beliefs,'' MTA spokesman Mark Littman said.
Track & Field gives players a really exciting and challenging experience -- you have to press buttons like crazy and focus on perfect timing to get a high score, but you improve your skill every time you play, and when you watch your friend try to beat you, you can't wait to play again.
Tenders are invited for supply of uniform items Press Buttons, Button Khaki, Pant Hnoks, Machine oil,Sewing machine needles, Motor Rubber, Khaki Mineral Drill Cloth Cotton, Khaki woollen Serge cloth 140 cms, Khaki Web Belt (Cotton), Chevron llnd strip etc.
They were asked to press buttons on their key pad to select political topics and register their opinions in a process which could have last up to four minutes if you stuck at it.