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alert the public

To bring something to the attention of the public at large, especially as a warning of some kind. The purpose of her video was to alert the public to the risks of eating too much sugar. We want to alert the public that the business will be moving to a new location at the end of the month.
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be on full alert

To be very attentive and ready to take action. This term is often applied to soldiers. We're safe here—the soldiers patrolling the border are on full alert. As soon as I heard my window break in the middle of the night, I was on full alert to fight off an intruder.
See also: alert, full, on

be on red alert

To be very attentive and ready to take action. This term is often applied to soldiers. We're safe here—the soldiers patrolling the border are on red alert. As soon as I heard my window break in the middle of the night, I was on red alert to fight off an intruder.
See also: alert, on, red

alert someone

to something to make someone aware of trouble or potential trouble. The auditors alerted us to some problems with the accounts.

on the alert (for someone or something)

watchful and attentive for someone or something. Be on the alert for pickpockets. You should be on the alert when you cross the street in heavy traffic.
See also: alert, on

on the alert

Watchful, fully prepared, as in The inspectors are always on the alert for a manufacturing error. [Late 1700s]
See also: alert, on

on ˌred aˈlert

prepared for an emergency or for something dangerous to happen: Following the bomb blast, local hospitals have been put on red alert.
See also: alert, on, red

on the alert

Watchful and prepared for danger, emergency, or opportunity: bird watchers on the alert for a rare species.
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As he stood alertly checking for danger I was beginning to wonder if he would move past my position before dark.
Probably living alertly in any time produces some sense of crisis, but perhaps one has to live there to really feel it.
Everton almost took a fortunate lead when Joe-Max Moore saw his cross strike Norwegian defender Otto Bragstad and fly towards the net, only for Poom to twist alertly and turn the ball behind.
And Damien Duff tried to take Bennett by surprise by blasting a shot for the near post, but he alertly adjusted to block the clever effort.
Driving alertly and defensively on the roads demands great concentration and good sense from the driver.
Also effective was Events I in which Toby Armour sat pensively downstage, slowly changed her position to lie down, then sat alertly listening to a moaning like wind in a revolving door.
In the last section, "In Kupfer gestochen: Observationen" (1987), Krolow now makes no attempt at narrative: he offers, with great virtuosity, twenty exercises of highly conscious, alertly nuanced perception that center upon simple objects (e.
Yet Farrakhan is himself a critic of welfare policy, which he alertly characterizes as a "subsidizing single women to have babies.
Thibault's first goal made it 2-0 at 7:37 of the first when he alertly made a mid-air tip-in of a Klahre slap shot from the left circle.
Gash was denied the equaliser moments later, when Lewis got down alertly to his right-footed shot.
Even-money favourite Majesticperfection, a four-year-old son of Harlan's Holiday, broke alertly before swiftly assuming control in front and then powered away from his rivals in the stretch to score by two and three-quarter lengths from Big Drama.
A subsequent steal by Elliott, who alertly fed Demers for a three-point play, made it 44-33 with less than a minute left, and the Spartan faithful began to celebrate.
Alertly, Marian Hossa dove headlong to knock the puck across the goal line and score the apparent tying goal.
While motoring the engine, SSgt Gibbs alertly declared a ground emergency and notified the Fire Department through ground control.
He refused, whereupon the woman alertly dropped to the ground, giving Freeman a clear shot.