false alarm

noun

Definition of false alarm

  1. 1 :  an alarm (such as a fire or burglar alarm) that is set off needlessly

  2. 2 :  something causing alarm or excitement that proves to be unfounded

Examples of false alarm in a Sentence

  1. A false alarm drew firefighters to the school.

  2. The report that the factory would be closing was a false alarm.

  3. He thought he might be having a heart attack, but his chest pains were just a false alarm.

First Known Use of false alarm

1578


FALSE ALARM Defined for English Language Learners

false alarm

noun

Definition of false alarm for English Language Learners

  • : an alarm (such as a fire alarm) that is set off when it is not needed

  • : something that causes people to wrongly believe that something bad or dangerous is going to happen

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