push/hit/press the panic button

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Definition of push/hit/press the panic button

: to become extremely afraid or nervous when something bad happens or might happen Medical officials says there is no need to push the panic button over two isolated cases of the disease.

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“Push/hit/press the panic button.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/push%2Fhit%2Fpress%20the%20panic%20button. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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