false alarm

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A thing or occurrence which initially causes fear, distress, etc. but which is subsequently recognized as being no cause for concern.
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John then opened the billet with apparent agitation, which visibly and greatly increased when he had perused the contents [ …]

Submitted on July 10, 2018

Additional definitions for 'false alarm':

false alarmA warning sound which turns out to have been erroneous.
false alarmA person who pretends to be more accomplished or a thing that seems to be of higher quality than is later found to be the case.
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