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.
See also: alarm, bell, ring, set
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The study should once again set alarm bells ringing.
Yet May's inability to conclude a swift deal with 10 grasping Democratic Unionist MPs must set alarm bells ringing when it should be easier than Brexit talks with the 27 EU leaders.
JAMES HASKELL will set alarm bells ringing when he returns to his old Kiwi stomping ground with the Lions today.
An FCA study of the credit card market has set alarm bells ringing about people carrying high levels of credit card debt over long periods with providers not offering help to get it cleared.
His refusals to let them see his father should have set alarm bells ringing far sooner.
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.
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.