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raise the alarm

1. Literally, to activate an alarm. I think I see smoke coming from the warehouse. Someone run upstairs and raise the alarm!
2. To alert other people about something dangerous, risky, or troublesome. A number of top economic advisors tried to raise the alarm before the economic crash, but no policy makers seemed to heed their warnings.
See also: alarm, raise
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This report raises the alarm that if we don't do something about infectious diseases now, the problem will grow worse,'' said David Brandling-Bennett, deputy director of the Pan-American Health Organization, a regional office of the World Health Organization.