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[lar-uh m] /ˈlær əm/
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  • This morning about seven oclock we had a larum that the Regulars were gone to Concord.

  • larum here seems to be tautological, perhaps a scribal error.

    Genesis A Anonymous
  • Do you wind me like a larum, only to rouse my own stilled soul for your diversion?

  • If you hang back, we will raise such a 'larum about your ears that you shan't know that your wife's your own for a month to come!'

    Roughing it in the Bush Susanna Moodie
  • The 'larum given, A-sudden rose such hubbub and confusion As is made by belching earthquake.

  • Of these we read in Shakespeare's works—of the "'larum bell and of sweet bells jangled out of tune."

  • The spry rattle had run on in the same vein of mimicry but for some larum in the antechamber.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • The ‘larum of his bell was ne’er sae shrill As was her tongue, aye clacking like a mill.

    Gleanings in Graveyards Horatio Edward Norfolk
  • We sung, hooped, hallowd, jubilled—set the cennell of hounds all in a larum.

  • Page 60, sixth line from bottom, for S. Bonaventura read the dem larum.

    Rambles in Rome S. Russell Forbes
British Dictionary definitions for larum


an archaic word for alarm
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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