Amber Alert

Amber Alert

noun
1.
a public alert system that spreads information about missing persons by using the broadcast media and electronic billboards on highways.
2.
a public message or announcement that uses this system.
Also, AMBER Alert.
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Amber alert
 
n
(US), (Canadian) a notification to the general public, such as by commercial radio or electronic traffic-condition signs, regarding an abduction of a child
 
[C20: named after Amber Hagerman, a child who was abducted and murdered in 1996 in Arlington, Texas]

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Main Entry:  Amber Alert
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  an emergency broadcast or notification system used when there has been an abduction, esp. of a child
Example:  The decision to declare an Amber Alert is made by the law-enforcement organization investigating the abduction.
Etymology:  named for 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, who in 1996 was kidnapped from her Arlington TX neighborhood while riding her bicycle and found dead four days later
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