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three-alarm

adjective

five-alarm

Examples

She thinks it's a three-alarm situation.

Word Origin

as in the number of fire alarms corresponding to the number of firefighters called to a scene

Usage Note

informal

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  • Come on, Madge; thats the three-alarm signal, exclaimed Bob, as he got to his feet heavily.

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  • Penny always handles an automobile as if she were enroute to a three-alarm fire!

    The Wishing Well Mildred A. Wirt

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