Meaning of “panic stations” in the English Dictionary

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"panic stations" in British English

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panic stationsnoun [ plural ]

uk /ˈpæn.ɪk ˌsteɪ.ʃənz/ us /ˈpæn.ɪk ˌsteɪ.ʃənz/ UK informal

a situation in which people feel worried and nervous because things need to be done quickly:

Two weeks before an exam it's always panic stations as I realize how much I still have to do.

(Definition of “panic stations” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)