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- The fear that time is running out to act, specifically in regard to a border closing.
1988, Croom Helm, Monetary Chaos in Europe, page 251:
- But how effective could such actions be against Torschlusspanik — a flight to the exit by investors convinced that a moratorium and exchange restrictions would soon be imposed?
1989, H. L. Wesseling, British and Dutch Imperialism: A Comparison', in Itinerario, 13(1)61-76:
- It is something very different from the Torschlusspanik or annexation fever of the colonial have not’s that was so typical for most of the other imperialists.
1990, Brigitte H. Schutz, “The Future of German-German Relations”, German Studies Review, volume 13:
- In a Torschlusspanik waves of GDR citizens sought to leave the country before the dreaded — and fully expected — crackdown by the SED leadership would occur.
2004, Edward W. Plaisted, Terror in Berlin:
- It was Margit who made him aware of Torschlusspanik—the rush to escape East Germany before the authorities took action.
fear that time is running out to act
- Torschlußpanik (old spelling)
Literally, “gate-shut panic” — the feeling that medieval peasants had when the castle gates were closing for an upcoming onslaught by enemies.
Torschlusspanik f (singular only)
- Torschlusspanik ist ein schlechter Ratgeber. — Torschlusspanik is a bad advisor.
- Die Torschlusspanik der Midlife-Krise hat schon manchen gesetzten Herren in die Arme einer Jüngeren getrieben und damit viele Ehen zerstört. — Midlife-crisis-induced Torschlusspanik has driven quite a few middle-aged men into the arms of young women, wrecking countless marriages.
- Torschlusspanik in Duden online