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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.
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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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push the panic button

verb
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push the panic button, to

To overreact to a supposed emergency. This term originated during World War II, when B-17 and B-24 bombers had a bell-warning system so that the crew could bail out when the plane was badly hit. Occasionally this button would be pushed by mistake and the crew would bail out unnecessarily, even though the plane was virtually undamaged. By extension, the term came to mean acting in needless haste. In the 1950s it gained currency—and a more sinister meaning—when it also referred to releasing a nuclear warhead by pushing a button.
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Faced with the direct running of Tresor Kandol and Tom Elliott, the Newport defence were too quick at times to push the panic button, especially early on.
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SUNDERLAND boss Mick McCarthy refused to push the panic button after his side's surge towards the Coca-Cola Championship was derailed by Reading.
The former All Black was defiant after his side's one-sided defeat and refused to push the panic button.
There has been very little in the games we've lost - to push the panic button would be totally the wrong thing.
It's nice to see a company realize the answer to every economic problem isn't to push the panic button and institute wholesale layoffs.
Various complaints of food spoilage have reached the offices of the city councilors prompting them to push the panic button.
The Lady Bulldogs are in fourth place with a 6-5 record, but NU Head Coach Babes Castillo said she is not about to push the panic button.
Grace Poe, who has been disqualified by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from the presidential race next year, need not not push the panic button just yet since the final printing of ballots will actually be in February.
Losing to Leganes was a blow but they had gone into the game on a seven-match unbeaten run and there is no need for manager Jose Bordalas to push the panic button.
BRIGHTON boss Chris Hughton is refusing to push the panic button after three straight defeats.
But there will be changes in the team but there is no need to push the panic button." On personal form and failure, he said: "As a captain and player I didn't perform well.