alarums and excursions

plural noun

Definition of alarums and excursions

  1. 1 :  martial sounds and the movement of soldiers across the stage —used as a stage direction in Elizabethan drama

  2. 2 :  clamor, excitement, and feverish or disordered activity

Examples of alarums and excursions in a sentence

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

1605

First Known Use of alarums and excursions

1605


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