set off alarm bells

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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The recent announcement of Cohn's resignation set off alarm bells on Wall Street with stocks opening lower on Wednesday.
The Labour leader's winning of applause from businesses, trade unions, most Labour MPs and party members has set off alarm bells in the clueless Government.
ISLAMABAD -- The disclosure by a federal minister on Tuesday that a lucrative toll plaza contract had silently been awarded to a military-owned construction company for 20 years without a competitive bidding process set off alarm bells in the Senate, with a vocal senator terming it a disturbing development and asking the chair to refer the matter to the relevant standing committee.
Gabbard's Stop Arming Terrorists Act' challenges for the first time in Congress a US policy toward the conflict in the Syrian war that should have set off alarm bells long ago:
Also, while Im a big believer in diners being proactive about what they cant or wont eat, and asking questions before ordering, descriptions of dishes should flag ingredients that set off alarm bells for significant numbers: pork, shellfish, nuts, gluten and accents such as cilantro.
Andrew Zammit outlines why it set off alarm bells in counterterrorism agencies worldwide.
This has set off alarm bells we cannot afford to ignore: we will not end hunger and all forms of malnutrition by 2030 unless we address all the factors that undermine food security and nutrition.
The New York Times reported that President Trump's appeal On Tuesday for India's help on Afghanistan set off alarm bells in Pakistan, where officials warned that the approach risked jolting a tumultuous relationship.
Just between us girls, a little known graft case in the Ombudsman recently set off alarm bells in the booming lucrative real estate sector.
FOR CRITICS OF THE New Age genre that Deuter helped pioneer, the notion of an album whose songs are named after various medicinal plants and flowers might set off alarm bells.
IT IS a development that has set off alarm bells within several sections of the Central Reserve Police Force ( CRPF), India's biggest paramilitary force.
His words "should set off alarm bells for all of us.
When someone says I alone can fix it, that should set off alarm bells in not just Democrats' minds, but Republicans', independents', people of all ages and backgrounds," she said.
The Republican nominee for US president set off alarm bells in Europe by suggesting he might not quickly aid Baltic States against a Russian attack.