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alarm bells start ringing

Some issue indicates that one should be concerned about a potentially greater problem or troubling situation. Alarm bells started ringing among the board members when sales continued to decline for the second straight If your date asks you to meet in a secluded place, alarm bells should start ringing.
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The alarm bells started ringing when Kohler crossed for a third Bury try, which Anton Limlei converted to make the score 26-19.
Mr Hulland, who was living with family at the time, agreed to bank transfer PS16,875 but says alarm bells started ringing shortly after.
Calling out to her pets, alarm bells started ringing for the young mum when only boxer bull mastiff cross Tia rushed to her feet.
'After a letter was written to the CAA, the authority plastered the walls to fill the cracks but alarm bells started ringing when the building started caving in a few days ago.
But alarm bells started ringing when they said they didn't have any money, but did have a knife, recruitment manager at the taxi firm, Shaun Castle said.
Alarm bells started ringing when the next message highlighted banking issues and requested a quick loan of $1,950 because 'I need it to clear some little things here and then get a cab to the airport.
"Alarm bells started ringing when we played Cardiff University and saw the standard of the players we were up against," he said.
However, as the JIT commenced and it started summoning members of the Sharif family, alarm bells started ringing for the first family.Slowly yet steadily, MNAs and loyalists like Talal Chaudhry, Daniyal Aziz, Asif Kirmani, the inimitable Senator Nehal Hashmi among others, mounted a verbal assault which was sometimes direct and at other times covered in innuendos and insinuations against the JIT members and judges of the SC.
The alarm bells started ringing when she was ambushed at the European Olympic qualifiers in April - her hopes of booking her passage to Rio early blown away by Yana Alekseeva in y y Samsun.
But, when a letter arrived showing how much had been spent on the victim's credit card, alarm bells started ringing which led to an investigation and Smallwood being caught.
Not until alarm bells started ringing in large cities around the world did the diesel engine manufacturers start to produce 'clean' engines.
She said "alarm bells started ringing" and she contacted the police.
Alarm bells started ringing about Feeney in the Borders when a local family planned to see him in Les Miserables in London.