alarums and excursions


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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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Today the Heber Valley below Timpanogos is witness to no such alarums and excursions.
There are alarums and excursions featuring a parrot and a defibrilator, and the scene closes with Eddie dragged hither and thither by a fearsomely realistic wild boar, kept by the pair for its nourishing milk.