push the right button(s)

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push the right button(s)

To do all of the right things in order to succeed or achieve a particular outcome. Though they were considered underdogs going into the match, the team managed to push the right buttons and secure a comeback victory. The film pushes all the right buttons, with just the right amount of humor, tension, and emotional drama to keep the viewer engaged from start to finish.
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"As it turned out, I did push the right button, for my comments to be meaningful, to reach both parties," Judge Majeed said.
It's just having someone to push the right button and give us things to work on.
It doesn't matter what you're flying, if the airplane isn't doing what you--the pilot in command--want it to, and know to be safe, either push the right button or turn it all off and do it yourself.
The WWF and CAN (Climate Action Network) "fully support the proposed delay of emission allowance auctions" and urge MEPs "to push the right button".
"I'm getting rid of the anger from the Barcelona match, but if you push the right button in my soul you will find a bit of anger," said Hiddink.
All you had to do to enter a final grade was to push the right button next to a student's name.
One, a variation on Pac-man, came about because our mouse has two buttons on it: push the left button and you can draw; push the right button and you can erase.
The first one was to see if the tech no phobic leader of the world's most powerful nation could workout how to push the right button on his White House computer.
They refused to push the right button to support striking Unison members, despite being supported directly by Unison.
It'll be up to new DC Chuck Pagano and OLB coach Ted Monachino to push the right buttons with Lynch, who has a unique blend of size and athleticism but also a reputation as an underachiever.
If you push the right buttons, I will give you money!" yelled Idiot Number One.
Hence, the two-day test-drive event to Batangas was made to make us realize how to push the right buttons on the new beasts in the stable and what eventually made these best-sellers tick.
IT consultant Alex Finn, 21, from The Wirral, Merseyside, promises: "I'm like a cash machine - if you push the right buttons, I will give you money".
Tasked to handle Abueva, he is confident that he knows how to push the right buttons.
"I try to push the right buttons to get the best out of every player, and I feel like I know them well and look after them.