Don’t push my buttons
Idiom of the Day « English with Jo
“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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