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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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But even the slightest trace of it sets alarm bells ringing with drug detectives.
Don't apply for numerous products in a short space of time as this sets alarm bells ringing with lenders.
Conversely, Punctilious proved a decisive winner of the Musidora at York last month, but a slow time sets alarm bells ringing regarding the merit of the form.
Relationships are still at the fore on Friday, as Marlon realises there's chemistry between Donna and Ross.Although thoughts of an affair had been dismissed the growing closeness between the pair soon sets alarm bells ringing.
Excellent Art scraped home in the St James's Palace in June, but the front five finished in a heap and a Topspeed 94 lagged considerably behind the RPR of 123, which sets alarm bells ringing over the merit of the form.
Found bludgeoned to death in her garage, she initially appears to be an innocent victim of an unprovoked attack, but something about the case sets alarm bells ringing. As the detectives dig deeper, it becomes clear that behind the facade of an all-American family there are troubled individuals.
Marcus sets alarm bells ringing when he spots them together, so Ms Grimshaw - newly unemployed thanks to Carla - wastes little time trying to get to the bottom of things.
BRC director-general Stephen Robertson said: "This new high in empty shop numbers really sets alarm bells ringing.
This sets alarm bells ringing for Debbie, who reports Joe missing to police, to Cain's dismay.