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false alarm

a false report of a fire in progress to a fire department.
something that excites unfounded alarm or expectation:
Rumors of an impending transit strike proved to be a false alarm.
Origin of false alarm
1570-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But I want to tell you again Overstreet is no false-alarm bad-man.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • "Well, if you ain't going to, we might as well go in and have a look at that false-alarm patient of ours," he continued.

    A Texas Ranger William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for false-alarm

false alarm

a needless alarm given in error or with intent to deceive
an occasion on which danger is perceived but fails to materialize
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Idioms and Phrases with false-alarm

false alarm

A warning signal that is groundless, made either by mistake or as a deliberate deception. For example, The rumor that we were all going to get fired was just a false alarm, or Setting off a false alarm is a criminal offense. This expression, first recorded in 1579, today is often used for a report of a nonexistent fire.
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