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burglar alarm

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noun
  1. an automatic device for giving an alarm when a window, door, safe, etc., is opened or tampered with, as by a burglar.
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Origin of burglar alarm

First recorded in 1830–40
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Examples from the Web for burglar alarm

Historical Examples

  • If they disappoint you, he remarked, may I suggest that burglar-alarm?

    Under Cover

    Roi Cooper Megrue

  • You should have had a burglar-alarm, she said, patronizingly.

  • She said, a little restively, "Well, what is the use of a burglar-alarm for us?"

  • He gives you time to sound your burglar-alarm and to get a pistol from under your pillow.

    The Rulers of the Mediterranean

    Richard Harding Davis

  • They found three Marvin spherical safes protected by a burglar-alarm.

    True Detective Stories

    Cleveland Moffett