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    Itasan is offline Member
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    raise/sound the alarm

    raise/sound the alarm
    LDCE says: Especially BrE to warn people
    that something bad is happening
    1. I think it is a figurative meaning. I wonder
    what is the American equivalent.
    2. In the US, is it used in the literal meaning?
    Thank you.

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    Re: raise/sound the alarm

    'raise the alarm' is not too common.
    but 'sound the alarm' or 'trigger the alarm' would be used in AmE if there was literally some alarm system that could be activated to warn people. If the people are warning other people we might say "Neighbours warned each other when they smelled smoke." or "Neighbours alerted each other when they smelled smoke." Instead of the BrE "Neighbours raised the alarm when they smelled smoke."

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    Re: raise/sound the alarm

    Thank you very much, borat, for the very clear-cut explanation
    about the difference.

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