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false alarm

noun [C] uk   us  
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).
Translations of “false alarm”
in Chinese (Traditional) 假警報, 虛驚…
in Russian ложная тревога…
in Turkish sahte alarm, yanlış uyarı…
in Chinese (Simplified) 假警报, 虚惊…
in Polish fałszywy alarm…
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