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burglar alarm

an automatic device for giving an alarm when a window, door, safe, etc., is opened or tampered with, as by a burglar.
Origin of burglar alarm
1830-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Furthermore, you'd better have a good burglar alarm system or a reliable guard dog because house break-ins are frequent.
  • Thus each place cell fired for only one location, much as would a burglar alarm tied to a particular tile in a hallway.
  • The majority of burglar alarm activations are not by bad guys.
  • The burglar alarm went off in the middle of the night, as alarms do all over this city every night.
  • All alarm owners are now required to register their burglar alarm systems and renew the registration annually.
  • They drive home and deactivate the burglar alarm in their comfortable-looking house, which is torn up by renovations.
  • Unfortunately, they're necessary, and so is the burglar alarm.

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