alarm bells

alarm bells
alarm/warning bells
[plural] used to describe an occasion when you realize that something is wrong: ring/set off/sound warning bells »

These figures should sound warning bells that the consumer economy is increasingly fragile.

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Soaring costs of oil and gold set alarm bells ringing around the world.

Main Entry: bell

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • alarm bells start to ring — set (the) alarm bells ringing if something sets alarm bells ringing, it makes you feel worried because it is a sign that there may be a problem. Alarm bells started to ring (= I became worried) when I found out that he still lived with his mother …   New idioms dictionary

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  • alarm bells start to ring —    If something sets the alarm bells ringing, it makes you begin to worry, because it shows that there may be a problem.     Alarm bells started to ring when my old neighbour didn t open his shutters all day and didn t answer his phone …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • ring alarm bells — set (the) alarm bells ringing if something sets alarm bells ringing, it makes you feel worried because it is a sign that there may be a problem. The huge vote for fascist candidates should ring alarm bells (= cause people to worry) across Europe …   New idioms dictionary

  • sound alarm bells — set (the) alarm bells ringing if something sets alarm bells ringing, it makes you feel worried because it is a sign that there may be a problem. The huge vote for fascist candidates should ring alarm bells (= cause people to worry) across Europe …   New idioms dictionary

  • set the alarm bells ringing — set (the) alarm bells ringing if something sets alarm bells ringing, it makes you feel worried because it is a sign that there may be a problem. Symptoms which should set alarm bells ringing are often ignored by doctors …   New idioms dictionary

  • set alarm bells ringing — set (the) alarm bells ringing if something sets alarm bells ringing, it makes you feel worried because it is a sign that there may be a problem. Symptoms which should set alarm bells ringing are often ignored by doctors …   New idioms dictionary

  • set the alarm bells ringing —    If something sets the alarm bells ringing, it makes you begin to worry, because it shows that there may be a problem.     Alarm bells started to ring when my old neighbour didn t open his shutters all day and didn t answer his phone …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • set off alarm bells — to warn of trouble and the need for action. The report about worldwide climate change should sound alarm bells in every community …   New idioms dictionary

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