push (one's) buttons

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push (one's) buttons

1. To do things that create a very strong emotional reaction in one, especially anger, irritation, or exasperation. I hate Dave's new boyfriend, he's always trying to push my buttons, and he's doing a good job of it! No one will be able to push your buttons like your children, but it's all a part of the adventure of parenthood.
2. To be sexually attractive or arousing to one. A guy who knows how to cook really pushes my buttons.
See also: button, push

push someone's buttons

Also, press someone's buttons. Draw a strong emotional reaction from someone, especially anger or sexual arousal. For example, My mother-in-law really knew how to push my buttons, or A good-looking redhead, she always seemed to press his buttons. This metaphoric expression transfers activating some mechanism by pushing buttons to human emotions. [Slang; 1920s]
See also: button, push

push (or press) someone's buttons

be successful in arousing or provoking a reaction in someone. informal
See also: button, push

ˌpush somebody’s ˈbuttons

(also ˌpress somebody’s ˈbuttons especially in British English ) (informal) make somebody react, especially in an angry or excited way: I almost never lose my temper, but this guy can really push my buttons.I’ve known him for years, but I still don’t really know what pushes his buttons.
See also: button, push
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A brand new series of Lost will be back to push our buttons some more in early 2007.
He knows how to push our buttons at the perfidy perpetrated by Republicans.
Parenting is a rewarding, wonderful experience much of the time, for the rest of the time it's plain hard work and kids know how to push our buttons and get us going.