Definitions

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  • noun One who alarms; one who sounds the alarm.
  • noun US A multialarm fire of a specified number of alarms.

Etymologies

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alarm +‎ -er

Examples

  • FROM MTV. COM: "Ninja Assassin" starts off with one of the coolest and most gruesomely entertaining movie scenes of the year: a claustrophobic attack from some masked killers who slice, dice and decapitate their way through some unlucky gangsters, spraying blood around the room like they're firefighters trying to extinguish a four-alarmer.

    Here’s What You NEED To Know About ‘Ninja Assassin’ » MTV Movies Blog

  • Footnote: The author's attention has been called to a type of conflagration known as a three-alarmer.

    Sunday Sweets: When Gamers Marry

  • So Seixon, shall you call the fire brigade or shall I – I think your pants are at least giving us a two-alarmer right now.

    Think Progress » ThinkFast AM: July 10, 2006

  • It started earlier this morning, three-alarmer with more than 100 L.A. area firefighters on the scene.

    CNN Transcript Jun 1, 2008

  • But today's three alarmer at Universal Studios was no special effect.

    CNN Transcript Jun 1, 2008

  • "Until the fire is over," I replied, "the viewer won't know whether it's a one-alarmer or the fire that burned down Chicago."

    Reese Schonfeld: Live Coverage of a Dead Story

  • Glenn in Rhode Island: "The folks in Washington are like a fire department, shows up at a three-alarmer, expresses outrage, offers sympathy, speaks words of encouragement, asks for a contribution, sticks you with the bill, and then leaves to offer the same services to a fellow American down the street whose cat needs rescuing."

    CNN Transcript Oct 9, 2007

  • A storage facility, a three-alarmer, in Ft. Lauderdale.

    CNN Transcript Aug 26, 2005

  • Albert the Devil was another alarmer - a deaf-mute beggar with a black beetle's body, short legs, and a mouth like a puppet's.

    Cider With Rosie

  • Il ne faut pas t'en alarmer cependant; le voyage et l'exposition reclamaient une reaction, et elle arrive naturellement au premier moment ou j'ai la possibilite du repos.

    Philip Gilbert Hamerton

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