false alarm

noun

Definition of false alarm

1 : an alarm (such as a fire or burglar alarm) that is set off needlessly
2 : something causing alarm or excitement that proves to be unfounded

Examples of false alarm in a Sentence

A false alarm drew firefighters to the school. The report that the factory would be closing was a false alarm. He thought he might be having a heart attack, but his chest pains were just a false alarm.
Recent Examples on the Web Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker have actually, officially tied the knot more than a month after a false alarm, TMZ reports. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 16 May 2022 After a false alarm earlier this year, the Bridgerton cast is back together for another matching season. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 4 Jan. 2022 No one knows for sure, and this may all turn out to be a false alarm. Caitlin Long, Forbes, 4 June 2022 That means that even though this latest discovery was a false alarm, malicious dependency confusion attacks do occur in the wild. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 11 May 2022 Those reviewers then attempt to match the sound to the typical gunfire pattern, assess the grouping of sensors that participated in the detection, and either publish the incident to police as gunfire or dismiss it as a false alarm. al, 23 Mar. 2022 When the asteroid became visible a week later, astronomers were able to calculate it was a false alarm by following its orbit, and confirmed the asteroid would not hit Earth in 2023. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 10 Mar. 2022 For each additional false alarm, the fee escalated. Sharon Coolidge, The Enquirer, 15 Nov. 2021 Police rushed to Treasure Island on Wednesday to investigate reports of an active shooter that was apparently triggered by a false alarm, authorities said. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of false alarm

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of false alarm was in 1578

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Last Updated

25 Jul 2022

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“False alarm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/false%20alarm. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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