set alarm bells ringing

set alarm bells ringing

To cause concern due to being an indication that there is something wrong. The new report set alarm bells ringing 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 alarm bells ringing.
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Tuesday's 1-0 home defeat by Ipswich set alarm bells ringing, with concerns that Rosler would be the latest victim of the eccentric Italian, who sacked 36 bosses in 22 years in charge at Cagliari.
Nevertheless it is likely to set alarm bells ringing in Downing Street ahead of David Cameron's promised referendum - which must take place before the end of 2017.
The survey is likely to set alarm bells ringing in Downing Street ahead of David Cameron's promised referendum, which is due to take place before 2017.
STUART LANCASTER admitted England were comprehensively beaten in a 25-20 defeat to France that has set alarm bells ringing just one match before the World Cup begins.
Goals from Mikael Lustig, Leigh Griffiths and a second-half double from Stuart Armstrong put the Hoops in control before Caley substitutes Ryan Christie and Dani Lopez set alarm bells ringing.
THE revelation from a self-confessed Football Manager geek in the Echo office that he hadn't heard of Firmino might have been enough to set alarm bells ringing with Reds fans.
SHOCKING examples of G4S security guards sleeping on the job should set alarm bells ringing.
But Shehzad's injury briefly set alarm bells ringing.
Judge Tony Briggs told Pope: "Bearing in mind the previous matters, the possession of equipment must set alarm bells ringing so far as you are concerned.
Afghanistan has set alarm bells ringing for much better sides around the globe.
The report must set alarm bells ringing among the policymakers and the Saudi intelligentsia.
Anecdotal evidence in men and women who had undergone stomach surgery set alarm bells ringing.
The absence of Welsh GDP figures makes it difficult to judge, but the figures point to the argument Wales' recovery is stunted and limited to certain sectors compared to the south-east of England - a picture that should set alarm bells ringing.
The fact that Cologne failed to score in both of those games will also have set alarm bells ringing.
Our report today outlining the results of a study into potential new sites for travellers in Cardiff will set alarm bells ringing in suburbs across the city.