One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘parents should set children a good example rather than overreact’
get upset over nothing, react disproportionately, get overexcited, go too far, act irrationally, lose one's sense of proportion, exaggerate, make something out of nothing, make a mountain out of a molehill, blow something up out of all proportion
informal hit the panic button, press the panic button, push the panic button
British informal go over the top
be impassive, be cool
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