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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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press (or push or hit) the panic button

respond to a situation by panicking or taking emergency measures. informal
A panic button is a security device which can be used to raise the alarm in an emergency.
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press/push the ˈpanic button

(British English) react in a sudden or an extreme way to something unexpected that has frightened you: Although the team lost yet another match on Saturday, their manager is refusing to press the panic button.
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press the panic button

verb
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References in periodicals archive ?
England coach Andy Robinson has refused to press the panic button following his team's dismal start to their Six Nations campaign and made just one change for Sunday's clash against unbeaten title contenders Ireland in Dublin.
Rod Brown insists there will be no need to press the panic button at Redditch United.
Don't press the panic button,'' counsels Ellen Vukovich, landscaper/partner at Chatsworth Nursery Center.
0 ARSENE WENGER has refused to press the panic button despite the growing gap between Arsenal and the Premier League pace-setters.
STEPHEN KENNY says he'll never press the panic button while in charge of Shamrock Rovers.
But Ferguson also refused to press the panic button and said that his team had the necessary experience to bounce back from two defeats in a row, The Sun reports.
MARCO PAIXAO insists now is not the time to press the panic button despite Hamilton's 1-0 defeat against Dundee United on Saturday.
We're all really disappointed with the way the season's started but I don't think it would do the club any favours to press the panic button.
I don't think anyone will press the panic button, because anyone who watched us at Leyton Orient must know it's only a matter of time before we click and have a successful season.
Asked if he was about to press the panic button Ponting said: 'It's getting close.
But Robinson has refused to press the panic button following the painful 18-17 loss to France 10 days ago, making just one enforced change by replacing broken-arm victim Phil Vickery with Bath prop Matt Stevens, who is handed his first international start.
But five days ahead of their match against England, who lost 11-9 to Wales at the weekend, Pelous does not want to press the panic button, although the side have clearly failed to bounce back from their two November Test-match defeats to Argentina and New Zealand.
Brent cockbain says Wales must not press the panic button ahead of Saturday's rematch with Argentina in Buenos Aires.
PDON'T press the panic button - is Dennis Amiss joking (Mercury Sport, Dec 29)?
But Davies, who is already planning to make at least two new signings, is refusing to press the panic button and will continue to give the players time to gel.