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Meaning of alarums and excursions

alar'ums and excur'sions

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  1. (esp. in Elizabethan drama) military action, as representative fragments of a battle, sound effects of trumpets, or clash of arms: used as a stage direction.
  2. any noisy, frantic, or disorganized activity.
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