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alarums and excursions

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun plural Loud, frantic, or excited activity; clamor.
  • noun plural The sounds of war or warlike activity. Used as a stage direction for moving of soldiers across stage, as in Shakespeare's plays.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun All the sounds and activities of preparations for war
  • noun in general, any frantic activity.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Early Modern English, sudden attacks and sallies.]

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