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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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If guys were going to start six matches before the Test series that would ring alarm bells, but that's not going to happen.
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.
So when the cheerleader-inchief of the Government's war on the poor resigns it should ring alarm bells in the rest of the government.
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.
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.
It doesn't ring alarm bells but I would be concerned that young people are committing such serious offences," he said.
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.