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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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With the latest heatwave in the country setting off alarm bells that a recurrent pattern is setting in, the message could not get any clearer.
THE death of five patients in separate locations from hospital-acquired bacterial infections is setting off alarm bells in the medical and political world.
A policy wonk like Thomas Friedman of The New York Times says, 'We have a president who's a disturbed person.' Setting off alarm bells, America is in danger according to Freidman.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Although it is the time of year when North American producers count on the change of season to bolster natural gas demand and boost prices, this week, the US benchmark gas futures contract briefly sank below $2 per million Btu for the first time in 3 1/2 years - setting off alarm bells across the industry - and sellers have little reason for near-term optimism despite aggressive efforts to rein in production, a UK-based publication reported.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Turkish champion Galatasaray suffered its biggest defeat in its ongoing European training camp on Tuesday, losing 4-0 to French outfit Nice in Slovenia and thereby setting off alarm bells.
ISLAMABAD -- Countrys textile exports have gone down by 16.23% in March 2015 compared with the same month of last year and the drop is setting off alarm bells at the highest levels.
On a practical level the authorities must establish why the terrorists could plan their attacks without setting off alarm bells for the French counter-terrorist police.
"desecration" of al-Aqsa Mosque by Israeli Police is "setting off alarm bells."
They are setting off alarm bells for all the Arab people in the whole region so they would continue to get more ready, more organised, and amass to vigorously crush falsehood on 3 July 2014, in a huge popular revolt with a stunning surprise for all."
The move to give banks control of loan interest rates comes as growth in the world's second-largest economy has slowed this year, setting off alarm bells among analysts about prospects for the rest of 2013.
As US law makers continue to struggle to agree on a new Farm Bill that sets federal farm subsidy levels from 2013 until 2017, a small part of the bill is setting off alarm bells in the EU.
"These figures should be setting off alarm bells at the Treasury.
Islamist hard-line militants took dozens of people hostage, from an array of nationalities, setting off alarm bells in world capitals as they confront the latest emergence of trans-national extremism.
Tony Burke, the environment minister, said research by scientists from the Australian Institute of Marine Science and the University of Wollongong should be setting off alarm bells across the country.
FREDDIE FLINTOFF last night pulled out of the Twenty20 World Championship, setting off alarm bells in England's Ashes war cabinet.