red alert

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red alert (countable and uncountable, plural red alerts)

  1. A warning that indicates an emergency situation.
    • 1944 August 7, Charles A. Lindbergh, The Wartime Journals of Charles A. Lindbergh, New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, published 1970, page 898:
      Another red alert last night. Lasted only five minutes, Possibly just a friendly plane with its IFF turned off.
    • 1984, Nena, 99 Red Balloons (lyrics written by Kevin McAlea)
      Ninety-nine red balloons
      Floating in the summer sky
      Panic bells, it's red alert
      There's something here from somewhere else
  2. A state of readiness to deal with such emergency situation.


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