false alarm

false alarm
a warning that is given about something that fails to occur
Hypernyms: ↑warning

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noun, pl ⋯ alarms [count]
1 : an alarm (such as a fire alarm) that is set off when it is not needed

A false alarm drew firefighters to the school.

2 : something that causes people to wrongly believe that something bad or dangerous is going to happen

The report that the factory would be closing was a false alarm.

He thought he might be having a heart attack, but his chest pains were just a false alarm.

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ˌfalse aˈlarm [false alarm] noun
a warning about a danger that does not happen; a belief that sth bad is going to happen, when it is not

The fire service was called out but it was a false alarm.

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