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set off alarm bells

To cause concern due to being an indication that there is something wrong. 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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ISLAMABAD -- Prime Minister Imran Khan has said reports in Indian and international media on Modi government's ethnic cleansing of Muslims should ring alarm bells across the world.
Lengthening queues waiting for medical attention, while escalating costs in providing free prescriptions and attending to the growing needs of our elderly population, might be expected to ring alarm bells at Holyrood.
OVER the last few days, terrorist attacks have revisited country's most strategic province Balochistan, which indeed should ring alarm bells in relevant quarters to check and control the situation.
Designed by Dutch artist Bouke Groen, it will "ring alarm bells" for visitors about the fate of wetlands, which are disappearing three times faster than forests.
Ru Bhikha, uSwitch.com mobiles expert, said: "These findings should ring alarm bells within the mobile industry."
But when it comes to hotel design, the term can ring alarm bells - all too often 'luxury' is a byword for diamanteI-encrusted bling and dark-polished surfaces, a concept that can leave us cold.
I believe that we should ring alarm bells in our society, this is a big issue.
Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said: "This should ring alarm bells and alert ministers to the crisis in councils up and down the country.
That would ring alarm bells for me and I wouldn't even think about marrying him until I'd got some more answers.
Prashant Maurya, Dammam The upcoming visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Israel should ring alarm bells in Arab capitals, which see an ally in New Delhi.
Senators Panfilo 'Ping' Lacson and Sherwin Gatchalian, members of the Senate majority group, also shrugged off the drop, saying it was 'insignificant' and should not ring alarm bells.
Yasmin said that all these factors should ring alarm bells for Pakistan government and relevant authorities.
Luciana Berger, shadow minister for mental health, said: "These worrying figures should ring alarm bells with ministers.
"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.