Torschlusspanik

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Etymology[edit]

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.

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  • IPA(key): /toːɐ̯ʃlʊsˈpaːnɪk/
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Noun[edit]

Torschlusspanik f (genitive Torschlusspanik, no plural)

  1. eleventh hour panic (the fear that time to act is running out)
    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.

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