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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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And the Well gaffer isn't pressing the panic button.
BIRMINGHAM gaffer Alex McLeish isn't pressing the panic button despite his side slipping into the Premiership bottom three.
TOMMY CARR says he has no intention of pressing the panic button despite Cavan's 10 point drubbing by Queen's University.
PAUL LOVERING isn't pressing the panic button at Airdrie just yet despite going five games without a win.
CAPTAIN Ricky Ponting is close to pressing the panic button after Australia were sensationally beaten by Bangladesh last night.
Both men need time to rid their clubs of the rot which has set in and it won't go away by simply pressing the panic button.
But things haven't gone our way recently and, although no one is pressing the panic button yet, it's vital we start winning again as soon as possible.
QPR have just four home wins and have not won away all season but Davies insisted the club would not be pressing the panic button just yet.
I believe we have the ability so I'm not pressing the panic button.
But there is no point in pressing the panic button.
We're not pressing the panic button, our performance against Cork in our last League game was good and I want us to keep playing that way," said Doolin.