That set off red flags

This was uttered by Elliot Broidy on the Chris Hayes Show on May 22.  It is a congruent conflation of “set off alarms” and “raised red flags”, both meaning a sign indicating imminent danger.  The idiom “red flags” has been the subject of another malaphor recently posted.  “I smell red flags” is a conflation of “smell trouble” and “red flag”.

A big thanks once again to Frank King for hearing this one.

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