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set off alarm bells

To cause concern due to being an indication that there is something wrong. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. The new report set off alarm bells among the board members because it forecasts a large decrease in enrollment. If your date asks you to meet in a secluded place, it should set off alarm bells.
See also: alarm, bell, off, set
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Mr Cameron's first Commons reversal as a majority Tory Prime Minister will ring alarm bells in Downing Street.
It purports to come from the Rev Dr Chi Millions, which is a name to ring alarm bells.
The number of cases being brought to public attention should ring alarm bells.
With that in mind, the prospect of the "With that in mind, the prospect of the UK becoming less than 50% self-sufficient UK becoming less than 50% self-sufficient should ring alarm bells," he says.
Political pundits, while writing off the Congress, have already termed the upcoming elections as a direct BJP- AAP clash but even this has failed to ring alarm bells.
Cobbles have been mentioned and that does ring alarm bells for me," Froome said.
Dig into the company's clinical work on tasimelteon, however, and you'll find a disturbingly large number of irregularities and red flags which should ring alarm bells for any investor betting on the drug's approval.
There are some warning signals, but it is not up to the level to ring alarm bells," he said.
Full of insights about the economics, politics and popular culture of today's Britain, this book aims to ring alarm bells about where Britain is heading - before it's too late.
For many residents in target greenfield sites these proposals are going to ring alarm bells.
h n "We need to strengthen the team but we don't need to ring alarm bells because we have made horrendous, unprecedented errors.
Sports consultant Stephen Dunham said: "With sponsors starting to make noises, that could potentially start to ring alarm bells within FIFA.
World oil prices in the $130-$150 range ring alarm bells for macroeconomic forecasters.
It is extremely worrying and should ring alarm bells to parents.
A regular punter making an irregular bet or a new account being opened and a large amount of money put on an unusual bet can also ring alarm bells.