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alarm bells start to ring

Some issue indicates that one should be concerned about a potentially greater problem or troubling situation. Alarm bells started to ring 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 to ring.
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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.
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"I'm a brave manager and we believe we will turn it around but the players have to show responsibility as well," said Jones, who claims the alarm bells started to ring in his first game in charge - a 3-1 defeat at Brentford in mid-January.
But alarm bells started to ring in March when the education minister revealed she was investigating a complaint that the council did not follow proper procedure in deciding to shut Ysgol Gymuned Bodffordd.
Alarm bells started to ring, and police were horrified to learn some of the teenagers had made plans to travel down to London alone to meet with her.
In his statement, Mr Holyoake said "alarm bells started to ring" after he and Ms Archer's mother were told she had left work early and got no response when knocking at her door.
She said that "alarm bells started to ring" after one incident in May 2015.
"A member of staff rang in sick, then as soon as we got to four staff alarm bells started to ring.
Did we follow our gut feeling, when alarm bells started to ring? Or did we just carry on believing that people would not do such a thing?
Wasps' director of rugby Dai Young said: "Chris is such a tough character that we knew it must be a serious injury to stop him in his tracks and alarm bells started to ring when he wasn't back within a few weeks.
However, as soon as Qatar was awarded the World Cup alarm bells started to ring. It was a step too far, yet FIFA was so out of touch and drunk on what it could rip off from world football in general that it thought any excess was acceptable.
And it wasn't until Dave's exwife visited the branch in Washington and found it closed that alarm bells started to ring.
And it wasn't until Dave's ex-wife visited the branch in Washington and found it closed that alarm bells started to ring.
"As soon as the alarm bells started to ring I Knew I needed to fix it."
"We were then told by the hospital doctor that a bed was reserved for Seb at the Sky ward at Cardiff children's hospital and alarm bells started to ring."