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fire alarm

noun
1.
a signal that warns that a fire has started.
2.
a bell, buzzer, siren, horn, etc., that provides such a signal.
Origin of fire alarm
1840-1850
An Americanism dating back to 1840-50
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  • It seemed as if none of her neighbors wanted her to sound a fire alarm.

    The Tale of Mrs. Ladybug

    Arthur Scott Bailey
  • A fire alarm was turned in from a store in the middle of the block.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • He wondered whether he ought to ring the fire alarm or call the police.

    Colorado Jim

    George Goodchild
  • Had it been a fire alarm the rooms could not have been more quickly emptied.

    Caps and Capers Gabrielle E. Jackson
  • She knew the fire alarm signals and when anything momentous was afoot.

    The Battle with the Slum Jacob A. Riis.
British Dictionary definitions for fire alarm

fire alarm

noun
1.
a device to give warning of fire, esp a bell, siren, or hooter
2.
a shout to warn that a fire has broken out
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