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raise the alarm

1. Literally, to activate an alarm. I think I see smoke coming from the warehouse. Someone run upstairs and raise the alarm!
2. To alert other people about something dangerous, risky, or troublesome. A number of top economic advisors tried to raise the alarm before the economic crash, but no policy makers seemed to heed their warnings.
See also: alarm, raise
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Then, when he had left, you rifled the jewel-case, raised the alarm, and had this unfortunate man arrested.
A MOTHER has started a fundraising campaign to reward the three young boys who raised the alarm after finding a four-year-old wandering the streets.
A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD boy who raised the alarm after spotting a fire at an elderly man's home has been praised for his quickthinking actions.
But her 10-year-old daughter ran out of the house as the re started and raised the alarm.
Smoke had been spotted coming from the washing machine in the flat by the lady occupant who got out and raised the alarm.
Residents who live next to the farm raised the alarm after they heard explosions coming from a derelict battery chicken hut shortly after 4pm yesterday.
SOCIAL networking site Facebook helped save a man's life after online pals didn't hear from him and raised the alarm.
Crew Commander Mick Holloran, from Perry Barr Fire Station, said a member of staff at the site first raised the alarm.
After the child had raised the alarm, the Italian contingent serving as part of UNIFIL quickly contacted the Lebanese Armed Forces and worked in a joint-operation
An upstairs neighbour raised the alarm after her smoke alarm went off.
The occupant, named as Mr Richardson, 41, of Bewick Court, John Dobson Street, in Newcastle, was at a friend's flat on the floor above at the time of the fire but raised the alarm when he saw smoke coming from his flat through a window.
His playmate, thought to be another boy around the same age, raised the alarm after the accident in Crookham Common, near Thatcham, Berkshire.
Summary: The scientist who raised the alarm about global warming two decades ago says he hopes next week's Copenhagen summit ends in failure.
A teacher at the nursery in Newark, New Jersey, raised the alarm after seeing a girl with a bag of white powder in her mouth.
He added: "The man raised the alarm and got everybody out.