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1‘the earthquake came without warning’
notice, advance notice, a word of warning, forewarning, alert
hint, signal, sign, alarm bells
informal a tip-off
2‘cigarette packets are required to carry a health warning’
caution, piece of advice, notification, information
exhortation, injunction, a shot across the bows, a warning shot across the bows
informal a word to the wise
3‘a warning of things to come’
omen, premonition, foreboding, prophecy, prediction, forecast, token, portent, augury, signal, sign, threat
4‘he was considering locking Lenny up as a warning to other young drivers’
example, deterrent, lesson, caution, exemplar, message, moral
5‘a further complaint may lead to a written warning’
admonition, caution, remonstrance, injunction, reprimand, censure, caveat
informal dressing-down, talking-to, ticking off, telling-off
British informal carpeting
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