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English Idiom of the Day – Don’t push my buttons

Monday, February 21, 2011 @ 06:02 PM
posted by Jo

Don't push my buttons

"Don't push my buttons" can be said to someone who is starting to annoy you.

Example: I am not in a good mood right now. Do not push my buttons.

If someone "knows how to push your buttons", it means they have found out specific things that annoy or upset you.

Example: My mother really knows how to push my buttons!

This idiom is occasionally used in a positive way to indicate that someone knows exactly the right thing to do to get people to act the way they want.

Example: He was an extremely good speaker and knew just how to push an audience's buttons to keep them interested.

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4 Responses to “English Idiom of the Day – Don’t push my buttons”

  1. Amin says:

    thank you .you do your best in teaching english idioms .I hope you will be succeed in teaching .can you send these good idioms to my email address?i’ll appreciate your affection,good bye .waiting you,

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  3. Yasir Ali Bhatti says:

    I really appreciate your English website. I am not native speaker but I am part time ESL teacher. I request you to mention more useful idiom in your website.

    • Jo says:

      Hello Yasir, thanks for your comments. I am glad you find the website useful. Yes, I will be preparing some more idioms in the near future.
      Best wishes,