raise/sound the alarm


: to warn people
Economists have raised/sounded the alarm about a possible recession.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Republicans counter that recent events such as the downing of a Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina have shown that Youngkin is right to raise the alarm about China’s threat to domestic interests. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, 20 Feb. 2023 So, it was left to Chilean civil society to raise the alarm. Gabrielle Smith, CNN, 16 Jan. 2023 Biden is right to raise the alarm about how extremist and election-denying candidates in next week’s midterm elections pose a danger to American democracy. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 4 Nov. 2022 Outgoing Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman General John Hyten was the first to raise the alarm about the U.S. losing the hypersonic race in November. Jennifer Griffin, Fox News, 16 July 2022 Scientists first began to raise the alarm about gigantic patches of floating plastic debris collecting in the world’s waterways in the 1970s and ‘80s. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 17 May 2022 Its trade groups and lobbyists have sought to raise the alarm for months about the leasing program’s June 30 expiration date. Anna Phillips, Anchorage Daily News, 12 May 2022 But the scientists urge that investments in wildlife disease surveillance systems can help raise the alarm when diseases do jump between species. Alex Orlando, Discover Magazine, 5 May 2022 In this scenario, the dolphins would likely detect a swimmer and then raise the alarm with their human handlers. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 2 May 2022 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'raise/sound the alarm.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Dictionary Entries Near raise/sound the alarm

Cite this Entry

“Raise/sound the alarm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raise%2Fsound%20the%20alarm. Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!