fire alarm


: a device that makes a loud sound to warn people when there is a fire
Someone set off the fire alarm.

Examples of fire alarm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 47-year-old lawmaker made headlines last month when he was caught on security tape pulling a fire alarm in the House building as lawmakers voted on a government funding bill. Virginia Chamlee, Peoplemag, 26 Oct. 2023 In an affidavit filed in court, authorities allege that Bowman tried to open an emergency door and, when that failed, pulled a fire alarm and walked away and did not report his actions to police. Clarence Williams, Washington Post, 25 Oct. 2023 Falsely pulling a fire alarm in D.C. is a misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of six months imprisonment and a fine. Caitlin Yilek, CBS News, 25 Oct. 2023 Headline of the day How Congress avoided a government shutdown at the 11th hour The day began with a stunning turnaround by GOP House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and then wound through twists and turns that involved a fire alarm and a last-minute hitch. Mark Murray, NBC News, 2 Oct. 2023 Republicans are continuing their campaign to downplay the January 6 insurrection, this time by comparing the violent riot to Representative Jamaal Bowman pulling a fire alarm. Edith Olmsted, The New Republic, 2 Oct. 2023 Continue reading … ‘COMPLETE GARBAGE’ – Rep. Bowman issues shocking statement after pulling fire alarm. Fox News, 2 Oct. 2023 Her witchcraft practices set off the fire alarm, to a very irritated Manuel. Kelly Wynne, Peoplemag, 30 Oct. 2023 The footage of the incident from Sept. 30 shows Bowman pulling the signs off the door, pulling the fire alarm, and walking away. Jack Birle, Washington Examiner, 26 Oct. 2023 See More

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“Fire alarm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

fire alarm

: an alarm sounded to signal the outbreak of a fire
also : a device for sounding such an alarm
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