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alarums and excursions

Frantic activity that causes a clamor. Often seen in Elizabethan drama as a stage direction denoting military activity. What on earth is going on? The alarums and excursions in the living room woke me from a sound sleep—keep it down!
See also: and, excursion
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JC: In Alarum Within, you have an interesting section titled "Mr.
Vae terrae cymbalo alarum, quae est trans flumina AEthiopiae, qui mittit in mare legatos, et in vasis papyri super aquas
But other than in the snatches of verse, the rhythmic alarum and tension so characteristic of Poe's writing is missing, both in dialogue and the written reports to Landor.
or Menaphon: Camillas Alarum to Slumbering Euphues, are the main focus of chapter four.
A simple, but in its own way beautiful antique alarum lantern clock, it had been pooh-poohed by the huddle of dealers at our local Saturday village hall auction.
For those who prefer to exeunt without alarum, Robins provides interesting commentary, concise directions and maps, handy places of refreshment, and gallery-quality photographs.
He shouted the unpleasant alarum that the American right is at a moment of extreme and self-inflicted peril.
It is not entirely clear even now what motivated many of these voters beyond a generalized alarum that our coarse popular culture is sanding down all moral sensibilities.
Even the somewhat mystically idealistic manifesto that launched the RAT movement, Ehn's "A Proposal and an Alarum Towards Big Cheap Theater," published in Theater magazine in 1993, brims with concern about logistics.
Focusing on the alarum du jour -- the alleged danger of a new terrorist-concocted smallpox epidemic -- the CDC document declares that "each state must undertake a review of their own authorities and revise and update their laws to assure sufficient legal powers to carry out an effective response.
HAMLET opens on a state of incipient alarum, with martial vigilance on the battlemented "platform' (act 1, scene 2, line 252) of Elsinore and conspicuous "post-haste and rummage in the land" (1.
cumque secundum tempora creationis excreuerint, formantur in auiculas, quae post dies naturae datos rostro dependent, et uiuificatae, facta leni alarum succussatione quasi puerperio consummato, in mare decidunt, et .
30) [Thomas Barnes], Vox belli: or, An Alarum to Warre (London, 1626, S.
If the American earnings distribution had widened in an era of increasing real earnings so that the living standards of low-skill workers increased a trifle, or even fell a trifle, labour economists would not ring alarum bells.
ii) Clytemestra is at the middle door, as sovereign, when she tells the doorkeeper to show Orestes in, but comes out the women's door at the servant's alarum (the doorkeeper and the servant being played, in all likelihood, by the same actor, and perhaps being regarded as the same person).