alarm bell

alarm bell


A sudden warning or intimation of danger, risk, or ill fortune. (Often pluralized.)


Alarm bells were going off in my head when I saw the panicked expression on her face.

The new report set alarm bells ringing among the board members because it forecasts a large decrease in enrollment.

A: “Her new boyfriend’s anger management issues don’t seem to be setting off an alarm bell for her.” B: “Yikes, the situation is worse than I thought.”



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What does the idiom ‘alarm bell’ mean?

The idiom ‘alarm bell’ means “to deal with a difficult situation without being harmed or damaged”

How do you use ‘alarm bell’ in a sentence?

Example usage of idiom ‘alarm bell’: Newspapers have weathered the storm of online information by providing news online themselves.

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