alarm bell


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alarm bell

A sudden warning or intimation of danger, risk, or ill fortune. (Often pluralized.) Alarm bells were going off in my head when I saw the panicked expression on her face.
See also: alarm, bell
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One would think that falling water tables and rivers and wells running dry would ring alarm bells, launching immediate and vigorous water conservation measures.
COUNTRYSIDE: I enjoyed the ",Homestead by candlelight" article in the May/June, 2003 issue, but the author's method of melting wax raised alarm bells for me (fire alarm bells).
Gilbert III, who co-chairs the Energy Committee with Harkins, added, "The ISO's forecast should set off alarm bells because demand for electricity continues to grow despite a steep recession and significant job losses.
Alarm bells over the greenhouse effect first came from a Swedish scientist, Svante Arrhenius in 1896.
The administration's inaction, she said, "sets off alarm bells as to what the future plans of the administration might be, whether they are keeping their options open to roll back and weaken Title IX enforcement.
When they announced they were going to apply the GMO process to wheat, alarm bells went off," says Leake, a backer of North Dakota's legislation.
When California filed its petition, alarm bells went off at NCGA.
And that's set off alarm bells for scientists concerned about undersea life.
The Sun said the revelation that a fourth member of Prime Minister Tony Blair's cabinet' is gay had set alarm bells ringing.
Though many in the British arts community were initially delighted by the American interest, news of opening-night festivities featuring waiters and actors clad as bobbies and beefeaters set alarm bells ringing back home.
Certainly, the idea of the state codifying and enforcing "biological law" ought to set off a few alarm bells.
The fact that Australians are listing cost of living items, like groceries, as a reason for falling into debt should sound alarm bells in households across the country," said Ms.
LAHORE -- Non removal of fault developed in Sui Sidran System (SSS) has rung the alarm bells for widening the gap between the demand and supply of gas in the country.
FORGET jingle bells, it's alarm bells which are ringing at the KC after defeat to Swansea left Hull next to bottom of the Premier League.
Summary: This week's announcement of a reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas set off alarm bells in Washington and Tel Aviv before the ink was even dry on the agreement.