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false alarm

n.
1. An emergency alarm, such as a fire alarm, that is set off unnecessarily.
2. A signal or warning that is groundless.
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false alarm

n
1. a needless alarm given in error or with intent to deceive
2. an occasion on which danger is perceived but fails to materialize
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false′ alarm′


n.
1. a false report of a fire in progress to a fire department.
2. something that excites unfounded alarm or expectation.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.false alarm - a warning that is given about something that fails to occurfalse alarm - a warning that is given about something that fails to occur
warning - a message informing of danger; "a warning that still more bombs could explode"
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Translations
إِنْذارٌ كاذِبإنْذار كاذِب
planý poplach
falsk alarm
väärä hälytys
lažna uzbuna
vaklárma
gabb, tilefnislaus aîvörun
間違い警報
잘못된 경보
planý poplach
falskt larm
กระต่ายตื่นตูม
sahte alârmyanlış alarm
báo động giả

false alarm

nfalso allarme m
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

false

(foːls) adjective
1. not true; not correct. He made a false statement to the police.
2. not genuine; intended to deceive. She has a false passport.
3. artificial. false teeth.
4. not loyal. false friends.
ˈfalsehood noun
(the telling of) a lie. She is incapable of (uttering a) falsehood.
ˈfalsify (-fӕi) verb
to make false. He falsified the accounts.
ˌfalsifiˈcation (-fi-) noun
ˈfalsity noun
false alarm
a warning of something which in fact does not happen.
false start
in a race, a start which is declared not valid and therefore has to be repeated.
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false alarm

إِنْذارٌ كاذِب planý poplach falsk alarm falscher Alarm λάθος συναγερμός falsa alarma väärä hälytys fausse alarme lažna uzbuna falso allarme 間違い警報 잘못된 경보 vals alarm falsk alarm fałszywy alarm alarme falso, falso alarme ложная тревога falskt larm กระต่ายตื่นตูม yanlış alarm báo động giả 假警报
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References in classic literature ?
He was jeered at for his alacrity in retreating; his report was treated as a false alarm; his brother trappers contented themselves with reconnoitring the fort at a distance, and pronounced that it was deserted.
In her state of mind and body, she was evidently at the mercy of any false alarm which might be raised by her own fears.
Thus, for example, the individual who defiled a drinking-place would be attacked by every onlooker, while one who deliberately gave a false alarm was the recipient of much rough usage at our hands.
But the kiss had been maudlin and unmeant; the court had not stirred at the false alarm; she must forevermore remain the Sleeping Beauty.
However, fortune at length took pity on me; for as we were got a little beyond Wellington, in a narrow lane, my guards received a false alarm, that near fifty of the enemy were at hand; upon which they shifted for themselves, and left me and my betrayer to do the same.
Murray stared, and wondered at the unwonted energy and boldness with which I urged the request, and thought there was no occasion to hurry; but finally gave me leave: stating, however, that there was 'no need to be in such agitation about the matter--it might prove a false alarm after all; and if not--why, it was only in the common course of nature: we must all die some time; and I was not to suppose myself the only afflicted person in the world;' and concluding with saying I might have the phaeton to take me to O-.
Either it had been a false alarm, or the enemy had retreated on finding themselves discovered, and quiet was restored to the village.
Twice or thrice we seemed to get the signal, and a shout was just ready to break from the men's lips when they perceived it was a false alarm. But at last, when over half a mile of rope had slidden away, it stopped gliding and stood absolutely still--one minute--two minutes--three--while we held our breath and watched.
``This may be a false alarm, or a forged letter,'' said De Bracy.
The travelers, recovered from this false alarm, breakfasted merrily.
I caught a glimpse of rushing figures, and a moment later the voice of Holmes from within assuring them that it was a false alarm. Slipping through the shouting crowd I made my way to the corner of the street, and in ten minutes was rejoiced to find my friend's arm in mine, and to get away from the scene of uproar.
Turner for having alarmed Ralph, and for having given a false alarm.