alarums and excursions

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

alarums and excursions (uncountable)

  1. All the sounds and activities of preparations for war
  2. in general, any frantic activity.

Usage notes[edit]

  • As a Shakespearean stage direction - soldiers march across the stage, blowing bugles and beating drums etc