set off alarm bells

set off alarm bells

also ring alarm bells
to warn of trouble and the need for action The report about worldwide climate change should sound alarm bells in every community.
See also: alarm, bell, off, set
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Those figures should set off alarm bells, said Mel Blevins, water master for the San Fernando Valley.
Ms Cooney said the attention to detail on their funeral arrangements, right down to the Dora jeans that the girls would wear in their coffins, set off alarm bells.
The suggestion that it is acceptable to throw money after the problem in such an apparently cavalier fashion will only set off alarm bells among the electorate.
That statement should have set off alarm bells many weeks ago.
If they can't put you in touch with any happy franchisees, that should set off alarm bells.
THREE deaths in eight months on the MTA subway construction project should set off alarm bells in high places.
This information really should set off alarm bells for every mother and father in America,'' said Enola Arid of the nonpartisan advocacy group.
The fact that his comments resemble the very core of Blair-speak today should have set off alarm bells.
Buchanan's New Hampshire victory set off alarm bells worldwide.
CLIVE WOODWARD set off alarm bells in Ireland last night when confirming Martin Johnson will lead England's Grand Slam mission to Dublin.
Last year, the dollar's steep dive set off alarm bells.
The request set off alarm bells because the transfer was over Siebel's limit.
But an announcement that the profits of its American division, Coach USA, would be below expectations topped a series of problems and set off alarm bells in the City.
A sombre Watson rejected speculation that the move by Tennent's would set off alarm bells in the board rooms of other potential corporate backers.
The old sharpness is back and his superb double against Sheffield Wednesday midweek set off alarm bells throughout the Premiership.