- The fear that time is running out to act, often regarding a life goal or opportunity.
1988, Brendan Brown, Monetary Chaos in Europe, Croom Helm, 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”, in 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.
- Torschlußpanik (old spelling)
Literally, “gate-shut panic” — for safety reasons city gates used to be shut at nightfall (Torschluss, from Tor + Schluss), leaving latecomers no other choice than to stay outside, thereby exposing them to various dangers.
Torschlusspanik f (genitive Torschlusspanik, no plural)
- Torschlusspanik (the fear that time is running out to act)
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.