- 1Sudden uncontrollable fear or anxiety, often causing wildly unthinking behaviour: she hit him in panic [in singular]: he ran to the library in a blind panicMore example sentences
- So now here I am, full of fear and panic and anxiety once again.
- Anxiety symptoms were also high, with 64% reporting symptoms of fear, panic or anxiety.
- But it is far more likely that you would be affected by fear and panic than a terrorist weapon.
- 1.1 [count noun] A state of widespread financial alarm provoking hasty action: he caused an economic panic by his sudden resignation [as modifier]: panic sellingMore example sentences
- We should strengthen the IMF's ability to prevent financial panics from turning into full-scale economic meltdowns such as we've seen in Argentina.
- This suspension was unprecedented in that it was not preceded by a financial panic or a sudden demand for coin.
- Unlike more transitory fads and fashions, however, financial manias and panics have real and lasting economic consequences.
- 1.2 [count noun] • informal A frenzied hurry to do something: a workload of constant panics and rush jobsMore example sentences
- She span off into a frenzied panic that could only be alleviated by rushing round to the neighbour's for a cup of tea.
- It always starts near Kensington plaza, where people have abandoned their bags of groceries to rush home in a panic.
- As panic ensued gardaí rushed to the scene urging staff and customers to evacuate the building, as they searched to find the potential raider.
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- 1Feel or cause to feel panic: [no object]: the crowd panicked and stampeded for the exit [with object]: talk of love panicked herMore example sentences
be alarmed, be scared, be nervous, be afraid, overreact, become panic-stricken, take fright, be filled with fear, be terrified, be agitated, be hysterical, lose one's nerve, be perturbed, get overwrought, get worked up, go/fall to pieces, lose control, fall apart• informal flap, get in a flap, lose one's cool, get the jitters, get into a tizzy/tizz, run around like a headless chicken, freak, freak out, get in a stew, get the willies, get the (screaming) heebie-jeebiesBritish • informal get the wind up, go into a (flat) spin, have kittens, lose one's bottle, throw a wobbly, have an attack of the wobbliesfrighten, alarm, scare, unnerve, fill with panic, agitate, horrify, terrifyBritish • informal put the wind up
- It was crowded and I started panicking and feeling faint.
- The crowd panicked and some jumped into a well to be crushed by those jumping after them.
- Oh, to be sure, there are always folks who panic, or loot.
- 1.1 [with object] (panic someone into) Drive someone through panic into (hasty action): we are not going to be panicked into a decisionMore example sentences
- The only goal came in the 25th minute when Crouch's knock-down panicked Scharner into reckless contact with Owen a yard inside the area.
- They will also realise, no matter how long it takes, that they will not panic London into submission, nor will their ultimate aims succeed.
- There were a number of options on the table, some of which were attractive, but the manager says he will not be panicked into making a decision until the future becomes clear.
- British • informal A state of alarm or emergency: many people were at panic stations because of popular unrestMore example sentences
- It was panic stations because I didn't know where she was.
- It would be more desirable to keep the power on, but realistically it is not panic stations if they do not stay on.
- The team rang panic stations, and yet also retained composure.
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- You should probably be nervous and panicky, at the same time appearing nonchalant and bored.
- The stars really are challenging right now, but still nothing to get frantic and panicky about.
- My inexperience there made everything more panicky and full of nervous energy.
early 17th century: from French panique, from modern Latin panicus, from Greek panikos, from the name of the god Pan, noted for causing terror, to whom woodland noises were attributed.
- A cereal and fodder grass of a group including millet.
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- Panicum and related genera, family Gramineae
- Two of the most common, but functionally indeterminate, grass grains regularly identified from American Bottom sites are panic grass (Panicum sp.) and beardgrass.
- In microsites with higher light intensity, little bluestem, big bluestem, Indian grass, and panic grass dominated.
- I live on the unfashionable west side of Santa Fe, where the neighborhood is small and funky, adobe houses sitting in well-tended yards of flax and hollyhocks or the neglected ones of dirt and panic grass with a few old car parts thrown in.
late Middle English: from Latin panicum, from panus 'ear of millet' (literally 'thread wound on a bobbin'), based on Greek pēnos 'web', pēnion 'bobbin'.