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English definition of “false alarm”

false alarm

noun [C]    
an occasion when people wrongly believe that something dangerous or unpleasant is happening or will happen : Three fire engines rushed to the school only to discover it was a false alarm . She thought she was pregnant , but it turned out to be a false alarm (= she was not).Threats and warningsFaults and mistakes
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