English version

press/push the panic button

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishpress/push the panic buttonpress/push the panic buttonBritish English to do something quickly without thinking enough about it, because something unexpected or dangerous has suddenly happened panic button
Examples from the Corpus
press/push the panic buttonAnd why have governments in the region not pressed the panic button?Derby County chairman Brian Fearn has refused to push the panic button after Tranmere's 2-1 win.
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