call to arms

noun phrase

Definition of call to arms

1 : a summons to engage in active hostilities
2 : a summons, invitation, or appeal to undertake a particular course of action a political call to arms

First Known Use of call to arms

1702, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Call to arms.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/call%20to%20arms. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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