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alarm

Fencing a warning or challenge made by stamping the front foot
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alarm

A sound or message that indicates an error condition or predefined event has occurred. See alert.
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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".