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sound the alarm

1. Literally, to activate an alarm. I think I see smoke coming from the warehouse. Someone run upstairs and sound the alarm!
2. To alert other people about something dangerous, risky, or troublesome. A number of top economic advisors tried to sound the alarm before the economic crash, but no policy makers seemed to heed their warnings.
See also: alarm, sound
References in classic literature ?
A party of them caught sight of him as he fell, and sounding the alarm, had lifted him up; and after ineffectually endeavouring to restore him at the brook, had hurried forward with him to the house.
The thought had occurred to him of ascending to the southern belfry and sounding the alarm, but before he could have set the bell in motion, before Marie's voice could have uttered a single clamor, was there not time to burst in the door of the church ten times over?
The World Health Organisation was singled out for its "egregious failure" in taking nearly six months before sounding the alarm as the disease took hold.
And firefighters have claimed turning off the electric cooker at the mains and quickly sounding the alarm meant the incident was stopped from becoming dangerous.
When the secured door is forced open, the unit recognizes the intrusion violation and responds by activating an alarm contact and sounding the alarm continuously until it is reset.
In this year's election, Martin once again attempted to play the social conservative card to his advantage, while figures such as Henry Morgentaler and other social liberals were trotted out to stage press conferences sounding the alarm over threats a Conservative government would supposedly pose to Canada's social fabric.
Brown was the one sounding the alarm that went unheeded while Bush (the president that didn't know he was turning American ports over to a Mideast nation until after the fact) vacationed in Texas and Utah.
Surgeon General issued a call to action, sounding the alarm that obesity was a crisis.
He is fond of using words like ownership and responsibility to make voters comfortable with the idea, while at the same time sounding the alarm about the program's solvency.
AHEAD OF THE CURVE: Unlike the "All-the-News-that-Fits" major media, not only did we at THE NEW AMERICAN and the John Birch Society know about this stealth bomber against national independence flying "under the radar screen," we were sounding the alarm about what it would do to our country.
When the resident gets out of bed or out of a wheelchair, they pull the tether, yanking the pin from its position and sounding the alarm.
New research is sounding the alarm, predicting that climate-related sea level rise is likely to put 80 percent of Nigeria's coastline at risk of being swept away by the surging waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
July's Tin Man might be the best of the new crop sounding the alarm for troubled black relationships and the ongoing estrangement between the sexes.
economy--the news media have been sounding the alarm lately, loudly decrying the terrorists, tax-evaders, and assorted huddled masses poised to overrun us.
The WEF report is the latest in a string of warnings about how America is losing its competitive edge, and the Chamber has been sounding the alarm on this topic for several years.