Origin of false alarm
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How to use false alarm in a sentence
Last year, Voice of San Diego reviewed dispatch records and found evidence that false alarms were more common than the company’s marketing materials show.Morning Report: Lenders Move to Evict City From Civic Center Plaza|Voice of San Diego|July 28, 2021|Voice of San Diego
This flawed technology threatens civil liberties and public safety, generating false alarms that have ended in escalating violence between police and community members.We’re Watching How the Council Weighs the Devices Watching Us|Khalid Alexander and Lilly Irani|July 26, 2021|Voice of San Diego
In fact, if you tested everyone in the US tomorrow with over-the-counter tests, the large majority of positive results—maybe nine out of 10—would be false alarms.We reviewed three at-home covid tests. The results were mixed.|Antonio Regalado|May 4, 2021|MIT Technology Review
One reason is that owing to a history of false alarms about tornado warnings, some people didn’t take shelter.
Last year, however, a Voice of San Diego review of dispatch records suggested that false alarms were more common than advertised.ShotSpotter Devices Will Get More Scrutiny Going Forward|Jesse Marx|March 1, 2021|Voice of San Diego
And no issue should be defined by its outliers because it paints a false picture.
On Christmas Day, sometime after dark, a hideous fire overtook the venue: 100 firefighters, 33 fire trucks, a four-alarm blaze.The Fiery Death of Sotto Sotto, Toronto’s Celebrity Hotspot|Shinan Govani|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He has contributed to a false picture of law enforcement based on isolated injustices.
The airline industry objects that sometimes these deployable recorders can pop out without cause, spreading needless alarm.Red Tape and Black Boxes: Why We Keep ‘Losing’ Airliners in 2014|Clive Irving|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Nothing else to do” was the most common response for why people chose to go to The Ball, though that rang a little false to me.The Craziest Date Night for Single Jews, Where Mistletoe Is Ditched for Shots|Emily Shire|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Some of the alarm returned, however, when the creature attempted to climb up by his own ladder.The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
There is cause for alarm when they bring one hundred and ten ships into these seas without any means of resistance on our part.
But the sheer quantity of the inflated currency and false money forces prices higher still.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
Her face wore a look of distress, almost of alarm; she kept her place, but her eyes gave Bernard a mute welcome.Confidence|Henry James
The public eye, ever watchful and timid, waits scarcely for the show of danger to take alarm and withdraw its favour.
British Dictionary definitions for false alarm
Other Idioms and Phrases with false alarm
A warning signal that is groundless, made either by mistake or as a deliberate deception. For example, The rumor that we were all going to get fired was just a false alarm, or Setting off a false alarm is a criminal offense. This expression, first recorded in 1579, today is often used for a report of a nonexistent fire.