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English definition of “hit/press/push the panic button”

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hit/press/push the panic button

to do something quickly without thinking about it in order to deal with a difficult or worrying situation
Translations of “hit/press/push the panic button”
in Chinese (Traditional) 倉促行事,慌亂行事,驚慌失措…
in Chinese (Simplified) 仓促行事,慌乱行事,惊慌失措…
(Definition of hit/press/push the panic button from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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