false-alarm

false alarm

noun
1.
a false report of a fire in progress to a fire department.
2.
something that excites unfounded alarm or expectation: Rumors of an impending transit strike proved to be a false alarm.

Origin:
1570–80

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false alarm
 
n
1.  a needless alarm given in error or with intent to deceive
2.  an occasion on which danger is perceived but fails to materialize

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