red alert

noun

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

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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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In southern France, four administrative districts were placed on red alert — a warning for a dangerous heat wave. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Record-Breaking Intense Heat Wave Hits Europe and Sparks Massive Wildfire in Spain," 27 June 2019 The missives, more one-liner than red alert, reflect how North Korea remains open to further talks but has few options—including risky weapons tests—to bend negotiations in its favor. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, "North Korea Fires Insults at U.S., Spares Trump," 15 June 2019 The red alert, hosted by Free Press Action Fund, Fight for the Future, and Demand Congress, is calling on individuals to contact Congress in a show of support for the resolution. Madeline Buxton, refinery29.com, "Why You'll See Red Alerts Across The Web This Week," 7 May 2018 That might constitute a red alert in other circumstances. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Working Woman’ Review: Unsafe Environment," 11 Apr. 2019 The red alert level, the Directorate's highest, was maintained for weeks, and 11 people living in nearby houses were protectively evacuated. Fox News, "The Latest: Northern Europe prepares for summer storms," 10 Aug. 2018 Hawaii issued an aviation red alert Tuesday after the Kilauea volcano spewed a plume of ash into the air, with authorities warning the volcano could become more explosive. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "Hawaii on 'Red Alert' After Huge Ash Cloud Bursts From Kilauea Volcano," 16 May 2018 Or someone loses their nerve, putting the Jennings on red alert. Joshua Rivera, GQ, "Now That It's Over: The Americans," 31 May 2018 The central government issued red alerts for landslides in two mountain villages of northwestern Taiwan’s Hsinchu county, effective Wednesday. Washington Post, "Typhoon Maria barrels into China after pounding Taiwan," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of red alert

1941, in the meaning defined above

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red alert

noun

English Language Learners Definition of red alert

: a warning that there is great danger

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