a call to arms

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a call to arms

A strong command or inducement for action, especially among a particular group of people. The actress used the event as a call to arms for women in the film industry to demand equal pay and representation.
See also: arm, call

a call to arms

a call to make ready for confrontation.
See also: arm, call
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Abdul Rahman, 25, of Heywood Street, in Cheetham Hill, Manchester, is the first person in Britain to be convicted of a charge of disseminating terrorist information after he was arrested with a "call to arms" letter from a Muslim fighter.
In "Call to Arms," Charles Messenger, a former officer in the Royal Tank Regiment and the author of more than 30 books dealing with various aspects of the two world wars, charts how the British army was raised, trained, and deployed during the First World War.
"In light of what Lawrence has said, which is essentially a call to arms, it looks like there is going to be a rather big backlash this weekend," claimed Bristol head coach Richard Hill.
As he was sworn in he embraced Castro's call to arms. Hugo's main goal for his term, which lasts until 2013, will be to build Venezuelan Socialism.
We're taking this as a special call to arms to make sure you find even more to love about CURVE in 2007.
William Shakespeare is approached by the resistance to prepare a play to serve as the call to arms to rise up in support of Good Queen Bess, held captive in the Tower of London.
In fact, a kind of "call to arms" for gay causes by gay lawmakers, their allies, and gay lobbyists is taking shape.
Townsend expressed concern and issued an electorate "call to arms" over what she called a "cavalier attitude" toward budget deficit in Albany and Washington D.C.
HIS BRAVE CALL TO ARMS KEPT THE NATION FROM HARM AS GOOD PM KEPT HIS STEED ON THE GO!
His 1970 call to arms, The Future of Man, frets that evolution is spiraling backward, half of humanity is regrettably "dull," and the world's greatest minds are dropping out of the genetic marathon.
Fairchild and Inters former chief counsel explained to Berlin that "Noyce's idea of planning was to yell, 'Let's take the hill!" Moved by his passionate call to arms, his troops would begin running behind him with a shared sense of direction and purpose but unsure of their individual responsibilities.
All of them must be transformed." In response to this call to arms, the Department of Defense initiated wide-ranging plans, policies, and programs to transform itself.
Rowland means for Boundaries to be a call to arms for a moribund women's movement whose complacent and decorous tones "has taken on the feel of a wealthy women's charity" The irony is that Rowland, who herself is black, traffics in the all-the-women-are white assumptions that have alienated women of color.
Some might feel that this is too comfortable an approach, a feeble excuse for avoiding the call to arms. But confronting the dark side of one's own character and changing one's ways is not necessarily the easy option.
But at least, as seen here, Thomson emerges as a genuinely individual voice whose call to arms is a call to thought.