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raise a red flag

To offer a sign or signal indicating potential, incipient, or imminent danger or trouble. Didn't the fact that your accountant used to be a drug dealer raise a red flag or two when you started doing business with him? Well, it definitely raised a red flag when he got so angry at me over such a minor thing, but I never thought he could be so unreasonable to live with!
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It is uncontrolled - there are no regulations pertaining to its use - and the data raises red flags that even limited use may cause lung damage.
The use by the Wall Street Journal of the words in the report, "criminal groups and drug trafficking organizations may be actively targeting vulnerable credit unions to access the formal financial system," raises red flags and calls for comment and explanation by the federal credit union regulator.
5 billion of government money, being forced to tap an additional billion earmarked by the government for its future recapitalisation needs raises red flags for the Finance ministry, as it would further strain public finances and question expectations of Cyprus' quick economic turnaround.
The outlook raises red flags about what is typically eBay's biggest quarter, when consumers gravitate online to shop for the holidays.
Secondly, disruption raises red flags, which alerts the organisation to become more defensive, something that a hacker does not want at all.
Khan raises red flags for people around the world, not just in the US, because we can trace the export of nuclear information and material from Pakistan through all kinds of channels to many different countries.
This incident, like other tragedies around the world in recent months, raises red flags over our preparedness to handle the unexpected.
Coleman says the language used by First American indicates that AVPOs are appraisals, which raises red flags for appraisers concerned that they are USPAP violations.
CDATA[ Egypt raises red flags about the growing strength of Iran in the Middle East, even as the Islamic Republic makes diplomatic overtures to Cairo.
lt;p>While there's little more than online chatter and guesswork about the origins of the attacks, security analysts say the incident raises red flags that two giant Internet companies, like Twitter and Facebook would be hit in the same assault.
Vanderslice told The New York Times that she urged candidates not to talk about separation of church and state when discussing religious issues because the term raises red flags with people of faith.
Taking out too many new lines of credit in a short period of time (90 days) raises red flags and makes you look like a greater risk.
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Nevertheless, the sustainability of this scenario raises red flags about speculative bubbles.
His decision to return to Hart's Crossing raises red flags in their minds, and James is bound and determined to help them realize this is the best move for him.