sound the alarm


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sound the alarm

1. Literally, to activate an alarm. I think I see smoke coming from the warehouse. Someone run upstairs and sound the alarm!
2. To alert other people about something dangerous, risky, or troublesome. A number of top economic advisors tried to sound the alarm before the economic crash, but no policy makers seemed to heed their warnings.
See also: alarm, sound
References in classic literature ?
Miss Cornelia was always ready enough to sound the alarm where men were concerned.
Independent of parties in the national legislature itself, as often as the period of discussion arrived, the State legislatures, who will always be not only vigilant but suspicious and jealous guardians of the rights of the citizens against encroachments from the federal government, will constantly have their attention awake to the conduct of the national rulers, and will be ready enough, if any thing improper appears, to sound the alarm to the people, and not only to be the VOICE, but, if necessary, the ARM of their discontent.
The truth is, that this ultimate redress may be more confided in against unconstitutional acts of the federal than of the State legislatures, for this plain reason, that as every such act of the former will be an invasion of the rights of the latter, these will be ever ready to mark the innovation, to sound the alarm to the people, and to exert their local influence in effecting a change of federal representatives.
Rating: 8/10 Booker T - Sound The Alarm FOUR-TIME Grammy award-winner Booker T Jones has gone back to his Stax roots for his tenth album, Sound The Alarm, but this time, he''''s also celebrating the younger generation.
It's a large black ball that as well as being a fire and smoke detector, uses either radar or infra-red to detect intruders and then summon emergency services, sound the alarm, take video pictures and give chase.
But I realized after the genocide that there was more that I could and should have done to sound the alarm and rally support.
Luc Montagnier, head of the Paris-based World Foundation for AIDS Research and Prevention and a codiscoverer of the AIDS virus, was the first to sound the alarm about HIV-SARS coinfection.
In founding United Earth, and in the spirit of his ancestor, Claes Nobel said "I am compelled to sound the alarm in a most urgent way because we are running out of time.
But just as insidious as that behavioral and biological failure is another, deeper moral failure: the failure of gay and AIDS leaders and the gay press to sound the alarm or even believe the disaster is happening at all.