fire alarm

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Origin of fire alarm

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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fire alarm

  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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