red alert

noun
Updated on: 14 May 2018

Definition of red alert

: the final stage of alert in which enemy attack appears imminent; broadly : a state of alert brought on by impending danger

Examples of red alert in a Sentence

  1. The troops have been put on red alert.

  2. the paparazzi were on red alert for sightings of the hot new Hollywood couple

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First Known Use of red alert

1941

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  • : a warning that there is great danger


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