alarm bell

(redirected from alarm bells)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.
Like this video? Subscribe to our free daily email and get a new idiom video every day!

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
References in periodicals archive ?
However, the captain said there was no need to hit the panic button yet but the losses served as an alarm bell. "We didn't play well in the entire tournament.
Speaking about the incident on FUBAR radio, Adele said: "Sometimes when people come in and they don't behave like they should and that many people are speaking out about it , then obviously it kind of rings alarm bells.
Mr Attard said: "The fact that this is a high-security prison must be ringing alarm bells at the most senior level.
WE'RE bottom of the league and alarm bells do not appear to have been sounded within the walls of St James' Park.
And now Germany and France have sounded the alarm bells too and are having a crisis meeting over the same icebergs at the EU if the detractors have not yet got the message that this is serious we are in trouble.
MOTORISTS are pleased that fuel duty will remain frozen this year - but some fear it "sounds alarm bells" for next year.
The alarm bells should, however, be ringing loud throughout the industry.
Summary: Alarm bells in world capitals have been ringing loudly this week in the wake of the dramatic developments in Iraq, where Al-Qaeda-inspired militants have seized large swathes of territory from the central government in a surprise offensive.
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.
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.