raise a red flag

raise a red flag

To offer a sign or signal indicating potential, incipient, or imminent danger or trouble. Didn't the fact that your accountant used to be a drug dealer raise a red flag or two when you started doing business with him? Well, it definitely raised a red flag when he got so angry at me over such a minor thing, but I never thought he could be so unreasonable to live with!
See also: flag, raise, red
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However, there is a flip side, when poor or late order data is given to suppliers from the manufacturer; that should raise a red flag as well.