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hit the panic button

To overreact to a negative situation with an inordinate amount of fear, alarm, or confusion. If you're going to be a successful boss, you can't hit the panic button every time your company has a minor setback. New parents tend to hit the panic button over every little sniffle their first baby gets. You learn to chill out when you have more kids.
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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 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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IT'S the time of year when chairmen hit the panic button for Premiership survival and the vultures are circling for several top-flight managers.
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.
STEWART REGAN is refusing to hit the panic button even though Gordon Strachan has just two months left on his current Scotland deal.
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.
Meulensteen said: "They have hit the panic button on emotion and fear.
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.
But the 19-year-old stood his ground, hit the panic button and then watched as the robber fled with just pounds 20.
We hate losing but there is no need to hit the panic button because we lost one game.
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.
Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier has hit the panic button and will push forward a pounds 3m move for Auxerre centre back Jean-Alain Boumsong.
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.
We can hit the panic button and bring other players in but that's not the answer.
JACKSON IRVINE insists Ross County won't hit the panic button despite failing to pick up a point this season - because he knows how good his team-mates are.