set the alarm bells ringing


set the alarm bells ringing
   If something sets the alarm bells ringing, it makes you begin to worry, because it shows that there may be a problem.
   

Alarm bells started to ring when my old neighbour didn't open his shutters all day and didn't answer his phone.


English Idioms & idiomatic expressions. 2014.

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