push the panic button
Also, press the panic button. Overreact to a situation, as in Don't worry; Jane is always pushing the panic button, but I'm sure the baby's fine. This term originated during World War II, when certain bombers had a bell-warning system so that the crew could bail out if the plane was severely hit. Occasionally a pilot would push the button in error, when there was only minor damage, causing the crew to bail out unnecessarily. By 1950 the expression had been transferred to other kinds of overreaction.
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"I verily believe they're gone to look at my button," cried Davy, beginning to laugh, in spite of his fears.Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
The sense of bearing on to the voice, or endeavoring to push the tone by any pressure whatever, should be absolutely avoided.Expressive Voice Culture|Jessie Eldridge Southwick
Thereupon the governor attacked him alone, and giving a violent push on the door, opened it.
We stood staring after the fugitives in perfect bewilderment, totally unable to explain their apparently causeless panic.