alarm bell


Definition of alarm bell

: a bell that sounds when an alarm is activated often used figuratively … the Mexican swine flu outbreak that is sounding alarm bells [=causing people to become worried or alarmed] across the world …— Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald, 30 Apr. 2009 The spike in oil prices has set off alarm bells across the automobile industry.

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First Known Use of alarm bell

1548, in the meaning defined above

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“Alarm bell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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