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press 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 press the panic button every time your company has a minor setback. New parents tend to press the panic button over every little sniffle their first baby gets.
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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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panic at something

to lose control in a frightening or shocking situation. Try not to panic at what you see. It will be a shock. Don't panic at the price of food. It will be worse next week.
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panic someone by something

to make someone lose control by doing something. She panicked Denise by describing the event too vividly. She panicked her horse by jerking the reins too tightly.
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push the panic button

to react to a situation with fear and confusion Our coach isn't about to push the panic button just because we've lost two games in a row.
Usage notes: sometimes used with other verbs that have a similar meaning, such as press and hit: It's too early to hit the panic button, but our stocks lost half their value today.
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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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panic stations

  (British & Australian informal)
a time when you feel extremely anxious and you must act quickly because something needs to be done urgently No matter how organized you think you are, one hour before the show starts it's panic stations.
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push the panic button

Also, press the panic button. Overreact to a situation, as in Don't worry; Jane is always pushing the panic button, but I'm sure the baby's fine. This term originated during World War II, when certain bombers had a bell-warning system so that the crew could bail out if the plane was severely hit. Occasionally a pilot would push the button in error, when there was only minor damage, causing the crew to bail out unnecessarily. By 1950 the expression had been transferred to other kinds of overreaction.
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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.
See also: button, hit, panic

press the panic button

verb
See also: button, panic, press

push the panic button

verb
See also: button, panic, push

panic

n. a very funny or exciting person or thing. Paul is a panic. He tells a joke a minute.
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A private consortium of banks and other private entities took steps to bolster confidence amid the early 20th century panic.
One of the two main avenues of research on gender and panic disorder has built upon Fodor's (1974) attempt to account for the statistical gender gap by proposing that social expectations to be passive, fearful, and dependent have predisposed women to agoraphobia.
While retaining Fodor's insight that cultural meanings (Hochschild, 1979) play a role in the experience of fear and panic, our approach is to conceive of our participants as dynamic political actors involved in the social and emotional self in progress (West & Zimmerman, 1987).
real estate prices to unsustainable highs, popping a bubble to kick off the Panic of 1797.
In the case of the panics over the welfare state, "moral reform" functions as a trope for the neglect of substantive social problems related to income inequality, race, and sexism.
Panics over the welfare state share many of these historic discursive contours.
The concept of moral panic, of public hysteria over topics ranging from ritual child sex abuse to designer drugs to terrorism, is a regular theme of Jenkins' work (one he has promoted a little too facilely in treating the recent management scandal over sexual misconduct by Catholic priests).
What follows is a case study of how one town's families responded to e conomic loss following the Financial Panic of 1857.
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Panics in the pre-Federal Reserve period were located in the New York money market, even if they began within the interior of the country.
But although they come from opposing sides of the left-right divide, the two are fellow travelers in a time-honored tradition: Both are merchants of moral panic.
The term moral panic is one of the more useful concepts to have emerged from sociology in recent years.
But it's also vitally important to keep our attention focused on the cases where panic, fear, and reaction still carry the day.
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