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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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The rider then drifted for nearly two hours without any means of raising the alarm, before a member of the public dialled 999 to UK Coastguard.
The other man managed to swim to an island before raising the alarm just before 10am yesterday.
After raising the alarm, John quickly rode home and told his parents what had happened.
THIS is the little heroine who saved an elderly couple after raising the alarm that a fire was raging in their home.
Vivien Burge knocked on the caravan's door to see of anybody was inside before raising the alarm with the fire service.
These occupants have had a lucky escape thanks to the earthquake raising the alarm.
Gosforth Fire Station officer Steve Malley said: "Prompt action by staff in raising the alarm stopped things becoming a lot worse.
A spokesman for Merseyside Ambulance Service said: ``Michael saved valuable time in raising the alarm and has given Gladys a much better chance of recovery.
The fact that Hahn is raising the alarm now means about as much as his recent flip-flop in support of tougher city ethics laws.
The trio of fee-only financial planners emphasized that they were raising the alarm about investors who are liquidating their investment portfolios in order to put all or most of their savings into such things as vacation homes, farmland, rental apartments and even airport hangars.
The 22-year-old Coventry woman was said to be in an "extremely distressed" state after struggling free and raising the alarm.
But I'm so grateful to Darren for raising the alarm, as from putting the chip pan on, going back into the room and then hearing him kick in the door, it went like that," he said, as he clicked his fingers.
The Coming Clean campaign is also raising the alarm about the use of phthalates in many cosmetics, since these chemicals have been linked to birth defects in animals.