a bar that spans an emergency exit door on its interior and opens the latch when pressure is applied.
Origin of panic bar
First recorded in 1925–30
Also called panic bolt.
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British Dictionary definitions for panic bolt
a bolt on the inside esp of double doors that is released by pressure on a waist-high bar: used for emergency exits in theatres, shops, etc
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