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alarm bell

A sudden warning or intimation of danger, risk, or ill fortune. (Often pluralized.) Alarm bells were going off in my head when I saw the panicked expression on her face.
See also: alarm, bell
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Mr Attard said: "The fact that this is a high-security prison must be ringing alarm bells at the most senior level.
But RAC chief engineer David Bizley said the fuel duty freeze "sounds alarm bells for next year as by not extending the freeze further it potentially signals the country's first increase in duty since 2011".
ASTON Villa full-bacK Ryan Bertrand is eager to Keep his name in the hat for a place in England's World Cup squad after admitting "alarm bells" were ringing due to his lacK of opportunities at Chelsea.
Alarm bells began ringing when she jumped into the Loxdale Sidings Canal at Bilston yesterday and couldn't get out.
John's this week to discuss the future of geographic education in Canada after alarm bells went off when some Memorial University students couldn't locate the Atlantic Ocean on a map.
Opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison urged Immigration Minister Chris Bowen to investigate, saying the figures raised concerns.Alarm bells should certainly ring and what I want to know is have those alarm bells been ringing, have these applications been properly interrogated?" Morrison said.
ALARM bells rang when I heard Leona Lewis was pushing back the release of third album Glassheart until next year.
However, this does not yet suggest any strengthening in the economic activity and should not ring the alarm bells for the Central Bank to tighten monetary policy anytime soon.
"There should have been alarm bells ringing," he said.
When a club has such massive boardroom problems - as Newcastle clearly do - it is inevitable that the strife will seep down to the players and their recent results should have alarm bells ringing out of control on the Tyne.
London -- The following list of recent 2006 events ought to raise alarm bells.
At his auto dealership in Powell, Tennessee, Greg "Lumpy" Lambert had alarm bells ringing in his head on November 11 after a 19-year-old customer test drove a 2005 Ford Focus and then offered to buy the car for cash" without any haggling or even a mechanical inspection," reported the Knoxville News Sentinel.
The TUC, which commissioned the poll, said the results should ring "alarm bells" in Westminster.
It seemed incredible, but as a brilliant keynote speaker Saskia Sassen reminded us, it is only 20 years since various sages were predicting the end of cities, not the extraordinary growth which the Biennale both celebrates and sounds alarm bells over.