action stations

pl n
  1. military the positions taken up by individuals in preparation for or during a battle

  1. military a command to take up such positions

  2. informal a warning to get ready for something

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How to use action stations in a sentence

  • 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
  • He turned and dived at half-speed towards them, calling his crew to "action stations" at once.

    The Story of Our Submarines | John Graham Bower
  • 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