Definition of press or push or hit the panic button in English:

press (or push or hit) the panic button

  • informal Respond to a situation by panicking or taking emergency measures.
    More example sentences
    • Our central bankers responded by hitting the panic button, provoking an abrupt and dramatic change in market perceptions.
    • Panic buys have been replaced by pressing the panic button and jettisoning the guy in charge of the team.
    • We are mindful of that but it is not a situation where we think it necessary to press the panic button.
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