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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

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Bury's surprise midweek win against Cardiff consigned the Dragons to the foot of the Second Division table but Racecourse manager Denis Smith is not pressing the panic button just yet.
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.
CAPTAIN Ricky Ponting is close to pressing the panic button after Australia were sensationally beaten by Bangladesh last night.
Hibs are playing catch up with Dundee after winning only one point in their last six games, but the manager is not pressing the panic button yet.
I believe we have the ability so I'm not 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.
Morton boss Billy Stark saw his team lose for the first time in seven games last week but isn't 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.
But there is no point in pressing the panic button.
No wonder they are pressing the panic button in Terenure.