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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.
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Genevieve, on the contrary, was serener than ever, though fluttering most alarmingly within.
Smike became alarmingly ill; so reduced and exhausted that he could scarcely move from room to room without assistance; and so worn and emaciated, that it was painful to look upon him.
Pickwick, asked him what he was about to say, when he had been so alarmingly interrupted.
Of course Lucy wished to know what these alarmingly learned books were; and as it is always pleasant to improve the minds of ladies by talking to them at ease on subjects of which they know nothing, Stephen became quite brilliant in an account of Buckland's Treatise, which he had just been reading.
Viewed from the low level on which th ese villas stand, the sea, in certain conditions of the atmosphere, appears to be higher than the land: coasting-vessels gliding by assume gigantic proportions, and look alarmingly near the windows.
The stairs were very steep and narrow, and they creaked alarmingly as Raffles led the way up, with the single candle in the crown of the colonel's hat.
Levels of arsenic in the groundwater of eastern Pakistan are alarmingly high and pose a significant health hazard to tens of millions of people who drink the water,' researchers said .
This is an alarmingly high number, which demonstrates the urgent need to test all drinking water wells in the Indus Plain," first author Joel Podgorski, a geophysicist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, or Eawag, said in a statement.
Illegal trapping of birds has been alarmingly high this winter, according to the NGO Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS).
Train operators in Canada's burgeoning freight rail industry say they are falling asleep at the controls and reporting to work exhausted at an alarmingly high rate, according to an on-going CBC News investigation into rail safety.
Aside from the fairly straightforward maternity sharing plans, these proposals carry the potential to riddle firms with uncertainty as they are alarmingly intricate.
Summary: Death rates at 19 NHS hospital trusts in England were alarmingly high last year, according to an influential report.