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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.
When the country's trade deficit increased alarmingly and finally the country faced a negative balance of payment, People's Review had alerted the concerned sector about the possible threat for Nepal's economy.
The rate of every goods is almost alarmingly exceeded double if compare to previous rates.
The police had pleaded to increase its force when the population of district Rawalpindi was between 2.5 to 3 million however when it got approval the population has alarmingly reached around 5 million.
The United Nations children's agency has warned that global cases of measles are surging to alarmingly high levels, led by 10 countries that account for three-quarters of the rise.
Water resources for some 1.9 billion people worldwide are being threatened as climate change continues to melt the glaciers in the Himalayas at an alarmingly rapid rate.
He said literacy rate is alarmingly low in Pakistan.