hit the panic button (to)

 Become very alarmed.

American business jargon. 2014.

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  • hit the panic button — see ↑panic button • • • Main Entry: ↑hit …   Useful english dictionary

  • hit the panic button — AND press the panic button; push the panic button tv. to anic. □ She hit the panic button and just went to pieces. □ Don’t press the panic button. Relax and keep your eyes open …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • hit the panic button — hit/press/push the panic button to do something quickly without thinking about it in order to deal with a difficult or worrying situation. We may have lost the last three games but we re not pushing the panic button yet. (often negative) …   New idioms dictionary

  • Hit the panic button — begin panicking or over reacting …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • hit the panic button — Australian Slang begin panicking or over reacting …   English dialects glossary

  • hit the panic button — (Slang) start panicking, begin over reacting …   English contemporary dictionary

  • push the panic button — {v. phr.}, {slang} To become very much frightened; nervous or excited, especially at a time of danger or worry. * /John thought he saw a ghost and pushed the panic button./ * /Keep cool; don t hit the panic button!/ Syn.: LOSE ONE S HEAD …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • push the panic button — {v. phr.}, {slang} To become very much frightened; nervous or excited, especially at a time of danger or worry. * /John thought he saw a ghost and pushed the panic button./ * /Keep cool; don t hit the panic button!/ Syn.: LOSE ONE S HEAD …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • press the panic button — press/push/the panic button informal phrase to become very worried about something bad that happens and react suddenly instead of thinking about it calmly The thought of turning 50 makes me want to press the panic button. Thesaurus: to worry or… …   Useful english dictionary

  • push the panic button — to react to a situation with fear and confusion. Our coach isn t about to push the panic button just because we ve lost two games in a row. Usage notes: sometimes used with other verbs that have a similar meaning, such as press and hit: It s too… …   New idioms dictionary

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