on the alert

on the alert
phrasal
: on the lookout for or watch against attack or danger : ready to act

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on the alert phrase
paying attention to what is happening and ready to react quickly if necessary

Police warned residents to be on the alert for bogus salesmen.

Thesaurus: attentiveness and paying attentionsynonym
Main entry: alert

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vigilant and prepared

the security forces must be on the alert for an upsurge in violence

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on the alert
: looking for or expecting something (such as danger or an opportunity)

The soldiers need to be on the alert at all times.

— often + for

When you're driving in winter you should always be on the alert for icy conditions.

I'm always on the alert for a good bargain.

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Main Entry:alert

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • On the alert — Alert A*lert , n. (Mil.) An alarm from a real or threatened attack; a sudden attack; also, a bugle sound to give warning. We have had an alert. Farrow. [1913 Webster] {On the alert}, on the lookout or watch against attack or danger; ready to act …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • on the alert — {adj. phr.} Alert; watchful; careful. * /Campers must be on the alert for poison ivy and poison oak./ * /Drivers must be on the alert for traffic signals./ Compare: ON ONE S TOES …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on the alert — {adj. phr.} Alert; watchful; careful. * /Campers must be on the alert for poison ivy and poison oak./ * /Drivers must be on the alert for traffic signals./ Compare: ON ONE S TOES …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on\ the\ alert — adj. phr. Alert; watchful; careful. Campers must be on the alert for poison ivy and poison oak. Drivers must be on the alert for traffic signals. Compare: on one s toes …   Словарь американских идиом

  • upon the alert — ▪ On the watch ▪ Wakefully attentive ● alert …   Useful english dictionary

  • on the alert — adjective Very attentive, or vigilant Wild animals have to be constantly on the alert for predators …   Wiktionary

  • on the alert — index careful Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • on the alert — начеку, настороже They must be constantly on the alert for enemy рlanes …   Idioms and examples

  • on the alert — paying attention to what is happening and ready to react quickly if necessary Police warned residents to be on the alert for bogus salesmen …   English dictionary

  • be on the alert — index beware, patrol Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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