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action stations

plural noun
(military) the positions taken up by individuals in preparation for or during a battle
(military) a command to take up such positions
(informal) a warning to get ready for something
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  • All ratings other than this gun's crew were standing by for "action stations."

  • The bugles blared, and they hurried to their action stations.

    Pincher Martin, O.D. H. Taprell Dorling
  • The mob behind me broke up, talking, as men under long habit ran for action stations.

    Greylorn John Keith Laumer
  • At five minutes to four tea was served in the gun-room, and, twenty minutes later, action stations were taken up again.

  • The notes of the call to action stations were still screaming through the ship.

    The Lost Warship Robert Moore Williams
  • "action stations," Alexis ordered, for the command seemed to have shifted to him from Dougal.

    Huntingtower John Buchan
  • Well it was that her crew were at action stations, for not a man received as much as a scratch.

  • As he fumbled for his matches he froze suddenly still as a bugle blared "action stations!"

    H.M.S. ---- Klaxon
  • The old ship came to a standstill and we all proceeded to action stations.

  • The submarine first concentrated her fire on the Nelson, which immediately slipped her trawl and went to action stations.

    The Crisis of the Naval War John Rushworth Jellicoe

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