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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
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But often the sentinel sounds the alarm falsely, just to snatch for itself an insect flushed from hiding by another bird.
Faust, pastor of Kingdom Baptist Church in Venus, Texas, contradicts modern evangelical teaching and sounds the alarm that the Judgment Seat of Christ is not just about rewards.
The survey sounds the alarm for today's CFO to take action," maintains Mike Ippolito, partner of Deloitte Consulting and a leader in the firm's strategy and operations practice that focuses on business transformation.
Once a hazardous condition is detected, the Trinity(TM) 2000 sounds the alarm, alerting the homeowner.