hit the panic button


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hit the panic button

 and press the panic button; push the panic button
Fig. to panic suddenly. She hit the panic button and just went to pieces. Don't press the panic button. Relax and keep your eyes open.
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hit/press/push the panic button

to do something quickly without thinking about it in order to deal with a difficult or worrying situation (often negative) We may have lost the last three games but we're not pushing the panic button yet.
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hit the panic button

and press the panic button and push the panic button
tv. to panic. She hit the panic button and just went to pieces. Don’t press the panic button until you think it through.
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Frank hit the panic button and said, 'You're going to do what?
MERTHYR TYDFIL are without a win in eight games and now in danger of being sucked into the Dr Martens Premier relegation zone - but manager Andy Beattie refuses to hit the panic button, writes Ian Hunt.
Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier has hit the panic button and will push forward a pounds 3m move for Auxerre centre back Jean-Alain Boumsong.
Town didn't hit the panic button and added to their tally through Morien with his second and a late Michael Bowman strike, but they were made to sweat for the win when Connor Johnson struck at the other end with four minutes to go.
LOUIS VANGAAL last night hit the panic button at Manchester United as he launched a desperate double bid for Arturo Vidal and Daley Blind.
I HIT the panic button when Gareth Bale twisted his ankle against Basel.
Dundee skipper Stephen O'Donnell insists nobody at Dens Park is about to hit the panic button.
No need to hit the panic button though, one home defeat in a year doesn't suggest an imminent collapse.
We hate losing but there is no need to hit the panic button because we lost one game.
Derby stepped up the pressure, however, midway through the first half and Alexander was called into action as the visitors began to hit the panic button.
HARLEQUINS boss Mark Evans refused to hit the panic button despite yesterday's 15-9 defeat by Worcester, which dragged his side a step closer to Premiership relegation, writes Ed Hawkins.
SAUGUS - A quick-thinking potential robbery victim outwitted her armed assailant Monday evening in Saugus when she hit the panic button on her car alarm.
BONNYRIGG slumped to their third defeat in row but gaffer Max Christie is refusing to hit the panic button.
LIVERPOOL boss Brendan Rodgers is refusing to hit the panic button, despite losing out on his main striking target of the summer.
The 21-year-old Norwegian reckons it would have been easy for Lennon to hit the panic button when the team hit rock bottom in October by abandoning his game plan and altering his line up.