push/hit/press the panic button

idiom

: 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.

Examples of push/hit/press the panic button in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Peter Vermes is clearly not ready to press the panic button. Daniel Sperry, Kansas City Star, 21 Apr. 2024 For now, overall crypto prices are stable, and there is no reason to hit the panic button. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune Crypto, 7 Aug. 2023 No worries Despite the loss, Monday night’s loss to Kansas is no reason for Texas fans to hit the panic button. Dallas News, 6 Feb. 2023 At worst, they might be tempted to hit the panic button full throttle. Natasha Miller, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2022 Investors seemed to hit the panic button for the broader exhibition sector when Cineworld warned about a likely restructuring, sending the stocks of its peers lower as well. Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Sep. 2022 Both Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant already had been ruled out for the year when the Rockets hit the panic button, and the Warriors were no longer in the picture as a viable threat. Rahat Huq, Chron, 28 June 2021 If a big wave happens, and there's a strong demand, a lot of governments will likely press the panic button. NBC News, 16 Oct. 2020 With investors fleeing Disney — its stock dropped 13 percent the day after the earnings report, the biggest decline since the Sept. 11 attacks — and Mr. Cramer of CNBC now openly calling for Mr. Chapek to be fired, the Disney board decided to push the panic button. James B. Stewart, New York Times, 21 Nov. 2022

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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 26 May. 2024.

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