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press (one's) luck

To risk losing the good favor or fortune one has garnered thus far by brashly or overconfidently seeking more. I know you're in the boss's good graces now, but don't press your luck: she's been known to turn on people for getting too cocky. I've had some good winnings at blackjack, but I don't think I should press my luck any further.
See also: luck, press

press the panic button

To overreact to a negative situation with an inordinate amount of fear, alarm, or confusion. If you're going to be a successful boss, you can't press the panic button every time your company has a minor setback. New parents tend to press the panic button over every little sniffle their first baby gets.
See also: button, panic, press

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

press the flesh

To meet, talk to, and shake hands with many different people. (Used especially in reference to a politician running for office.) There's no way you'll win the election if you aren't out pressing the flesh among your constituents.
See also: flesh, press

press the flesh

Shake hands and mingle with people, especially when running for public office. For example, The candidate went through the crowd, pressing the flesh. [1920s]
See also: flesh, press

press the flesh

COMMON To press the flesh means to talk to people in a crowd and shake their hands. She was out and about all over Galway, pressing the flesh. Note: This expression is often used about politicians, who do this when they are trying to get elected.
See also: flesh, press

press (or push or hit) the panic button

respond to a situation by panicking or taking emergency measures. informal
A panic button is a security device which can be used to raise the alarm in an emergency.
See also: button, panic, press

press the panic button

See also: button, panic, press

press (the) flesh

tv. to shake hands. (see also flesh-presser.) He wanted to press the flesh, but I refused even to touch him.
See also: flesh, press

press the flesh

To shake hands and mingle with many people, especially while campaigning for public office.
See also: flesh, press
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A recent success for membrane pressing of Kydex sheet is the Kiva line of "space-age" office furniture by Herman Miller Co.
Membrane pressing for Herman Miller is done by H&R Wood Specialties in Gobles, Mich.
In view of good prospects for growth in solid surfacing, some thermoformers hope to cross-transfer their expertise to membrane pressing, Southard says.
If an opposing team continually takes the ball out of bounds from their left side, the pressing team can switch the tight side and the wide sides of their "1 Press.
Geschmay possesses a strong technical capability and proven product and application skills, especially on high-speed machines in both pressing and drying.
The resistance of those cylinders further reduces the effective pressing tonnage.
Both series have a central pressing cylinder, two rapid opening and closing cylinders, and four pushback parallelism cylinders.
Then the platen is locked in position by pistons pressing against guide columns.
ROOKS: A highlight of your early career was your work with the Extended Nip Press--it has become file dominant pressing technology in every grade.
We got excited when the results showed that extended nip pressing could dramatically improve press water removal.
Eventually, I switched over to the Pressing Committee, which later became the Wet Pressing Subcommittee of the Water Removal Committee.
This comprehensive UB routine involves the alternation of pressing and pulling movements--a one-for-one routine for both the anterior and posterior muscles.
The shoe press is a revolutionary development related to of a number of products designed to improve pressing, including:
The first step in designing an upper body DP is to determine whether to target the primary pressing muscles (i.
For example, if we want to target the pressing muscles, the DP could be set up in the following manner: Bench Press (10-8-6), Lat Pulldown (8), Seated Military Press (10-8-6), Seated Row (8), Incline Press (10-8-6), and Dumbbell Row (8).