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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 button

1. To initiate a war with another country, especially at a nuclear level. Many fear that the recent decision to restrict the country's access to foreign oil and other imports may drive their leader to press the button.
2. By extension, to initiate or instigate something. After debating it with myself for nearly a year, I decided to press the button and start my own company.
See also: button, 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

JOURNALISM
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 the button

initiate an action or train of events. informal
During the cold war period, this expression was often used with reference to the possible action of the US or Soviet presidents in starting a nuclear war.
See also: button, 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

verb
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

Informal
To shake hands and mingle with many people, especially while campaigning for public office.
See also: flesh, press
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More pressingly, foreign exchange reserves are dwindling, to just $6.
Going through the book country by country one begins to apprehend the common problems that demand attention: most pressingly, the prevalence of intra-state violence that involves and targets civilians.
Dr Dahl said making important documents from early human history publicly accessible is becoming increasingly important, both as a consequence of the ever-expanding influence of cyberscholarship in academic research, but also in many cases more pressingly as a matter of cultural heritage preservation in areas of the world threatened by armed conflict and collapse of security.
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In the very same section we find discussions from Mozersky, Meyer and Zimmerman concerning how presentism will fare in its attempts to deal with various problems--most pressingly, the truth-maker problem.
The opening paragraph of Beyond the Frontier, with its ruminations about 'how historical anecdote may simply be a code for ideology, [and] how the reasons of state are eternally at war with historical knowledge', suggests the side of Thompson's work that remains most pressingly relevant in the twenty-first century.
Even more pressingly, especially in a city like Dubai, which is undergoing rapid development and expansion, buildings that have dedicated security systems which feed into a city-wide grid, become essential for the well being of the city.
More pressingly, there are discussions going on now in which we all must engage at length--issues such as climate change, political up heaval, and the lagging world economy.
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Coke explores the past but always remains deeply aware of the pressingly urgent concerns of her native Jamaica with its social patterns, class divides, racial complexity, and unpredictable twists, turns, and heart-breaking setbacks.
So true indeed did the hope become that to say that Tate was 'influenced' by Poe is to state the case too lightly: Poe was so hauntingly and pressingly close to Tate that he was like another William Wilson or a Montresor to Tate's Fortunato.
Khartoum refuses to negotiate in good faith on border delineation, oil revenue sharing (approximately 75 percent of Sudan's reserves lie in the South), citizenship and civil rights for southerners who remain in the North, and a host of economic issues, most pressingly the $38 billion in external debt that the National Islamic Front/National Congress Party regime has run up.
The next step is the question of adding political criteria - such as progress in the fight against corruption - which France and Germany are calling for most pressingly.
The 1,000 strong Trust reckons it will need to raise pounds 1m to buy Wrexham FC from current owners Geoff Moss and Ian Roberts - and more pressingly to settle a pounds 200,000 unpaid bill to the taxman.