alarums and excursions

plural noun

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

First Known Use of alarums and excursions

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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