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alarm

Fencing a warning or challenge made by stamping the front foot

alarm

A sound or message that indicates an error condition or predefined event has occurred. See alert.
References in classic literature ?
Earnestness in you, is anything but alarming to me.
Surely, George, you are alarming yourself unnecessarily.
My Dear Fanny,--I take up my pen to communicate some very alarming intelligence, which I make no doubt will give you much concern".