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push 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 push the panic button every time your company has a minor setback. New parents tend to push 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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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.
See also: button, panic, push

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.
See also: button, panic, press, push

push the panic button

verb
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IAN HOLLOWAY insists he is not about to push the panic button as Crystal Palace's promotion push has hit the skids.
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I don't think we should push the panic button," said Selectman Mary Rose Dickhaut.
A source said: "There were times she was so debilitated, she could not push the panic button in her cell.
I missed five cuts in a row at the start of the year but didn't push the panic button," said the 36-year-old.
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Many punters will be looking to oppose Spurs after their poor start but it is too early to push the panic button and Everton are far from good things this afternoon.
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