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push someone's buttons

push someone's buttons

Date: Apr 19 2012


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“It’s pretty easy to push my buttons and make me emotional. I have no trouble crying on camera.”

- Actress Elizabeth Olsen talks about getting emotional for her movies. (Us Weekly)

- 女演员伊丽莎白·奥尔森 (Elizabeth Olsen) 讲述拍片时如何变得情绪化。


1. Definition - Study the definition.

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draw a strong emotional reaction from someone

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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People are not machines. We are often unpredictable and spontaneous. Still, we all have certain situations that always make us react in the same way. For instance, seeing a hurt animal might always make you cry. Having to wait in a long line might always make you annoyed. And seeing your boyfriend talking to a pretty girl at a party might always make you jealous. These are your buttons. Like a machine, when they get pushed you react the same way every time.

When someone or something pushes your buttons, it draws a strong emotional reaction from you. Someone who knows you really well can easily push your buttons. They know just what to do in order to make you have a strong reaction. Usually, when we say someone pushes our buttons, we mean that they make us very irritated, angry, or upset.

The actress Elizabeth Olsen often has to act emotional for the camera. Luckily, she says it is easy to push her buttons. In other words, it is easy to draw a strong emotional reaction from her. So she has no trouble crying or appearing angry or upset for a film.

What kinds of things push your buttons? Is there a person in your life who really knows how to push your buttons?


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“My little brother really knows how to push my buttons and make me lose my temper.”

“Sometimes we push each other’s buttons, but most of the time we get along really well.”

“That movie must have really pushed her buttons. She cried through the whole thing.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

cubi1604 Trigger your emotions
by cubi1604
It means to aggravate someone.
by candycandice
It means that a person annoys you so much.
by Irene Forever
Ahshan to touch my hurt feeling,the fire point of my emotion or something else.
by Ahshan
alzhbeta it's like when you know all emotional sides of someone and intentionally annoys him
by alzhbeta
m@nuelm@d When getting emotional is as easy as pushing a button
by m@nuelm@d
Quynh Mai To push one to their emotional limit, to aggravate, to irritate someone
by Quynh Mai
To make the feel bad.
by Royal Sympathy
Mania_16 Easily changing sb's mood!
by Mania_16
anges491 arouse or provoke a reaction in someone
by anges491

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United Arab Emirates

the smile is a good treatment. 

04:00 AM Apr 19 2012 |




Thank  you for sharing this topic with us here.

03:23 AM Apr 19 2012 |

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In my life ,there are somethings push my bottons.when a atraiger ask me that he love me ,i will feel angry and don’t know how to do  .also when my husband plays too late and forget to do the important things.but i don’t know there is someone really know how to push my bottons in my life. 

02:27 AM Apr 19 2012 |




its feels good that you’ll be able to express your emotions,its somehow helps lessining a heavy bad feelings


02:24 AM Apr 19 2012 |



It means to provoke someone when we know their weaknesses

12:40 AM Apr 19 2012 |

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