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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Yesterday's Back Page Headline: BATES: ALARM BELL IS RINGING WHEN my alarm bell rings, I wake up and smell the coffee.
Still, he talks in a way that makes alarm bells sound in my mind as I recall long dull meetings in the bureaucracy.
To date I haven't heard anything that really sounded the alarm bells to me.
Unsurprisingly, the price tag raised alarm bells among parents, who feared that it would detract from textbooks and teacher salaries.
Alarm bells in medicine; danger symptoms in medicine, surgery, and clinical specialties.
Or are the alarm bells likely to bring some kind of changes that will stave off such a calamity?
One would think that falling water tables and rivers and wells running dry would ring alarm bells, launching immediate and vigorous water conservation measures.
THE European Commission yesterday sounded alarm bells over Europe's falling population.
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.
Whatever the cause, delayed statements that say the originally submitted accounts were wrong, lead to the ringing of very loud alarm bells indeed.
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.