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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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  • If they disappoint you, he remarked, may I suggest that burglar-alarm?

    Under Cover Roi Cooper Megrue
  • You should have had a burglar-alarm, she said, patronizingly.

  • The burglar-alarm, sir, he said, with as little excitement as he might have announced the readiness of dinner.

    Under Cover Roi Cooper Megrue
  • He gives you time to sound your burglar-alarm and to get a pistol from under your pillow.

    The Rulers of the Mediterranean Richard Harding Davis
  • This is the wire that rang the bell, that belonged to the "burglar-alarm," lately connected with the show-case, &c.

  • They found three Marvin spherical safes protected by a burglar-alarm.

    True Detective Stories Cleveland Moffett
  • That burglar-alarm which Susy mentions led a gay and careless life, and had no principles.

  • Then another man, who ran a burglar-alarm company, obtained permission to hang up the telephone in a few banks.

    Historic Inventions Rupert S. Holland
  • These could be switched into connection with the burglar-alarm wires and any two of the six wires could be joined by a wire cord.

    The History of the Telephone Herbert N. Casson
  • Here it ran for several weeks as a telephone system by day and a burglar-alarm by night.

    The History of the Telephone Herbert N. Casson

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