Meaning of “press/push the right button(s)” in the English Dictionary

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"press/push the right button(s)" in British English

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press/push the right button(s)

to do exactly what is necessary to get the result that you want:

You have to know how to push all the right buttons if you want to be a successful diplomat.

(Definition of “press/push the right button(s)” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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