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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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A WOMAN who got into difficulty swimming in the sea at a Welsh seaside resort has thanked a man who leapt into action to save her - as well as her teenage son for raising the alarm.
Raising the alarm, the administration said it became imperative to call on members of the public to beware of the activities of the fraudsters who operated with the minister's photograph to promote non-existing land offers, contracts, employment opportunities among others, and request innocent members of the public to pay certain amounts of money for the services.
The Spanish skipper, who has lived in Ireland for more than a decade, and his crewman from Crosshaven, Cork, were plucked to safety about an hour after raising the alarm.
The rider then drifted for nearly two hours without any means of raising the alarm, before a member of the public dialled 999 to UK Coastguard.
The other man managed to swim to an island before raising the alarm just before 10am yesterday.
Vivien Burge knocked on the caravan's door to see of anybody was inside before raising the alarm with the fire service.
"These occupants have had a lucky escape thanks to the earthquake raising the alarm."
Gosforth Fire Station officer Steve Malley said: "Prompt action by staff in raising the alarm stopped things becoming a lot worse."
A spokesman for Merseyside Ambulance Service said: ``Michael saved valuable time in raising the alarm and has given Gladys a much better chance of recovery.
The trio of fee-only financial planners emphasized that they were raising the alarm about investors who are liquidating their investment portfolios in order to put all or most of their savings into such things as vacation homes, farmland, rental apartments and even airport hangars.
The 22-year-old Coventry woman was said to be in an "extremely distressed" state after struggling free and raising the alarm.
Your article "Raising the Alarm" (Your Health, November/December 2001) quotes Dr.
DON'T be afraid of raising the alarm. If you see a suspect package ask if it belongs to anyone.
THIS is the little heroine who saved an elderly couple after raising the alarm that a fire was raging in their home.
The Coming Clean campaign is also raising the alarm about the use of phthalates in many cosmetics, since these chemicals have been linked to birth defects in animals.