Examples Word Origin See more synonyms for false alarm on Thesaurus.com a false report of a fire in progress to a fire department. something that excites unfounded alarm or expectation: Rumors of an impending transit strike proved to be a false alarm. Origin of false alarm
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Examples from the Web for false alarm Historical Examples of false alarm
But I want to tell you again Overstreet is no false-alarm bad-man.
"Well, if you ain't going to, we might as well go in and have a look at that false-alarm patient of ours," he continued.
British Dictionary definitions for false alarm a needless alarm given in error or with intent to deceive an occasion on which danger is perceived but fails to materialize
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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.
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