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alarums and excursions

alarums and excursions

noun plural

Definition of ALARUMS AND EXCURSIONS

1
:  martial sounds and the movement of soldiers across the stage —used as a stage direction in Elizabethan drama
2
:  clamor, excitement, and feverish or disordered activity

Examples of ALARUMS AND EXCURSIONS

  1. <the city is preparing for the alarums and excursions that inevitably accompany a presidential visit>

First Known Use of ALARUMS AND EXCURSIONS

1605

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