- The fear that time is running out to act, often regarding a life goal or opportunity: the fear of missing the boat.
- 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)
From Tor + Schluss + Panik, 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.