alarums and excursions

plural noun

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

Word History

First Known Use

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of alarums and excursions was in 1605

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“Alarums and excursions.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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