alarm bells start to ring

alarm bells start to ring

COMMON If alarm bells start to ring, you begin to be aware of a problem in a situation. It was when the headaches suddenly got a lot worse that alarm bells started to ring. Note: You can also say something sets alarm bells ringing, meaning that something makes you start to be aware of a problem. His absence from work for three days had set alarm bells ringing. Note: You can also say warning bells start to ring. He didn't understand the half of it but warning bells were starting to ring in the back of his mind. Note: You can also say something sets warning bells ringing meaning that something makes you start to be aware of a problem. There was something in the way she spoke that set warning bells ringing in Brak's head.
See also: alarm, bell, ring, start
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FACTUAL Alarm bells start to ring when officers visit a technology company with a High Court writ, while Ken attempts to deal with one of Britain's most well-known businesses, but it proves too elusive.
And then I saw a picture that made alarm bells start to ring.
Alarm bells start to ring this week when his phone beeps and Brendan says it's a message from his mother, causing him to abandon his drink with her.
The spokesman added: "When you see someone who isn't a regular and looks out of place, trying to bet pounds 2000 on something like this, then alarm bells start to ring.
A tune-up fight is fine in theory - but when the suggested opponent for a January bout is Ray Mercer, alarm bells start to ring.
Of course alarm bells start to ring because we do not want to be in that position in the league.
But when a convicted murderer is hit in the head with a single bullet, alarm bells start to ring.
He said: "Goals change games and the alarm bells start to ring when you see the amount of goals we are conceding.
If the answer is 'yes' then let your alarm bells start to ring.
How bad must this get before alarm bells start to ring in the Dail?
Alarm bells start to ring and the suspicions are confirmed repeatedly in the pious, condescending songs and tedious, all-too-candid between-song monologues.