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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“Alarums and excursions.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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