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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Summary: For decades Arab countries have been on a difficult quest for unity, which has seen several different calls to arms.
For decades Arab countries have been on a difficult quest for unity, which has seen several different calls to arms. While Palestine remains a centrally important political issue for many Arabs and Muslims, the Arab political order has, if anything, demonstrated a considerable amount of disunity when it comes to agreeing on practical and effective ways to help the Palestinians.
In one episode, music is attributed to "documenta 11"; in another, the sound track is the work of "contested question of authority." Similarly, the director could be "workshop for smugglers," "self-knowledge," or "free software": all calls to arms in an emerging struggle between creativity and cash.
In the same April 30th speech in San Jose, California, cited above, President Bush pointed to the early successes in Afghanistan and pledged that "in every cave, in every dark corner of that country, we will hunt down the killers and bring them to justice." Then, throwing down the rhetorical gauntlet to the terrorists and their state sponsors, he repeated a line he had used before: "Across the world, governments have heard this message: you're either with us, or you're with the terrorists." Like many of his similar calls to arms since the 9-11 terrorist attacks on America, this expression of resolute determination resonated with his audience and was greeted with vigorous applause.
This nation calls to arms its generation of young men and women to fight its battles.
* Since there can be no victors or vanquished in a modern war, jingoistic calls to arms and threats of war should give way to a process of development of international friendship through dialogue.