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Alarum Bell

Alar′um

In feudal times a 'larum bell was rung in the castle in times of danger to summon the retainers to arms. A variant of alarm (q.v.).

Awake! awake!
Ring the alarum bell! Murder and treason!

—Shakespeare: Macbeth, ii. 3.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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