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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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When little Fanny came into the schoolroom, I hoped she would be mild and inoffensive, at least; but a few days, if not a few hours, sufficed to destroy the illusion: I found her a mischievous, intractable little creature, given up to falsehood and deception, young as she was, and alarmingly fond of exercising her two favourite weapons of offence and defence: that of spitting in the faces of those who incurred her displeasure, and bellowing like a bull when her unreasonable desires were not gratified.
Genevieve, on the contrary, was serener than ever, though fluttering most alarmingly within.
Julius found his father alarmingly altered in personal appearance, but in full possession of his faculties nevertheless.
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.
The April baby, who has had a nursery governess of an altogether alarmingly zealous type attached to her person for the last six weeks, looked up from her bread and milk.
The head looked right enough, but when he placed my hand on the top of it, it sunk in a bed of curls, rather alarmingly low, especially in the middle.
He was such an alarmingly large person that I quite trembled.
The wire hawser between her and the Diana, stretched as taut as a harpstring, vibrated alarmingly.
Harthouse, taking a turn or two across the room, dubiously, 'it's so alarmingly absurd.
In fact, the good little fellow had become alarmingly limp, and his senses seemed to be rapidly escaping, from the knees upward.
Pickwick, asked him what he was about to say, when he had been so alarmingly interrupted.
Glegg's spectacles, which had been assisting him in counting the fruit, made these suspicious details alarmingly evident to him.