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alert the public

To bring something to the attention of the public at large, especially as a warning of some kind. The purpose of her video was to alert the public to the risks of eating too much sugar. We want to alert the public that the business will be moving to a new location at the end of the month.
See also: alert, public

be on full alert

To be very attentive and ready to take action. This term is often applied to soldiers. We're safe here—the soldiers patrolling the border are on full alert. As soon as I heard my window break in the middle of the night, I was on full alert to fight off an intruder.
See also: alert, full, on

be on red alert

To be very attentive and ready to take action. This term is often applied to soldiers. We're safe here—the soldiers patrolling the border are on red alert. As soon as I heard my window break in the middle of the night, I was on red alert to fight off an intruder.
See also: alert, on, red

on red alert

At the ready to deal with or prepare for some imminent danger, threat, trouble, or difficulty. We're safe here—the soldiers patrolling the border are on red alert. As soon as I heard my window break in the middle of the night, I was on red alert to fight off an intruder.
See also: alert, on, red

on the alert

Particularly watchful, attentive, or prepared (for something). Security personnel are on the alert for anyone carrying suspicious-looking packages or behaving strangely. We've been on the alert ever since we heard there had been a string of burglaries in our part of town.
See also: alert, on

Silver Alert

A public alert issued in the United States to help locate a missing senior citizen, especially one who suffers from dementia. It is similar to the Amber Alert system that exists to help locate missing children. "Silver" is a term often associated with senior citizens, referring to the gray or white hair that often have. Primarily heard in US. Does anyone know if they found the man from this morning's Silver Alert?
See also: alert, silver

alert someone

to something to make someone aware of trouble or potential trouble. The auditors alerted us to some problems with the accounts.

on the alert (for someone or something)

watchful and attentive for someone or something. Be on the alert for pickpockets. You should be on the alert when you cross the street in heavy traffic.
See also: alert, on

on the alert

Watchful, fully prepared, as in The inspectors are always on the alert for a manufacturing error. [Late 1700s]
See also: alert, on

on ˌred aˈlert

prepared for an emergency or for something dangerous to happen: Following the bomb blast, local hospitals have been put on red alert.
See also: alert, on, red

on the alert

Watchful and prepared for danger, emergency, or opportunity: bird watchers on the alert for a rare species.
See also: alert, on
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There he alertly pointed out how we no longer faced the seductions of nineteenth-century atheism but today were tempted by a secular indifference to God's presence.
In his alertly investigated John Keats and the Culture of Dissent, Nicholas Roe picks up the gauntlet thrown down by the 'Cockney School' essays published over the initial Z in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine from October 1817 onwards.
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By this measure, then, the strength of planter domination over slaves was greatest in the British islands, weaker in the French islands, and weakest in the Spanish Caribbean, though Stinchcombe alertly notes that there were critical variations within each imperial system.
The consultant ultimately chosen should have skills specific to the needs in question, should be able to relate cofortably to the organization's important members, and demonstrate an ability to attend alertly and critically to the data presented.
Your eyes glint alertly, and your soft mouth would threaten the sanctity of a saint - somewhere in there lurk wisdom teeth, no doubt.
And just to polish off that hard-working chump, as Charles Kraut-hammer alertly chimes in, the culture has also "defined deviancy up," meaning that the middle class is accused of more crimes than ever before.
Watson alertly notes that Faulkner's descriptions of Yale and New Haven anticipate the Harvard scenes from The Sound and the Fury, including his comments about trolley rides, boat races, parades, and jokes about white Southerners' relation to blacks.
We have been successful the past three years in working with the United States Senate to declare the Sunday after Thanksgiving - the busiest highway traffic day of the year - as "Drive Safer Sunday" so that everyone can be reminded of the need to drive alertly and carefully on our nation's roads and highways on this very congested day.
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Justin Estrella put the Patriots up, 1-0, at 2:36 of the first, alertly tapping in the puck from out front after Josh Miller's shot was stopped by Lunenburg freshman goalie Nathan Bourdelais, who turned away 29 shots as the Patriots outshot the Knights, 38-6.
Burnley's former United trainee Dave Jones curled a free-kick against the bar and visiting goalkeeper David de Gea then had to save alertly after Lukas Jutkiewicz seized on a miscued back-pass by Jonny Evans.
ASU regained control of the ball on the rebound, but UO senior defenders Lauren Thompson and Nicole Bakke alertly dropped back to combine on another save.
Vaughan reacted alertly to collect Kyle Storer's blocked freekick and whipped in a fine rightwing cross, which the young striker nodded into the back of the net at the far post.
She started alertly and looked the likeliest winner for much of the way, showing good speed and being the last to come under pressure, but she got tired late on.