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early-warning system

[ur-lee wawr-ning] /ˈɜr li ˈwɔr nɪŋ/
noun
1.
Military. a network of radar installations designed to detect enemy aircraft or missiles in time for the effective deployment of defense systems.
2.
any series of steps established to spot potential problems.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50
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