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

The troops have been put on red alert. the paparazzi were on red alert for sightings of the hot new Hollywood couple
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Word History

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of red alert was in 1941

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“Red alert.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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