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alarums and excursions

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plural noun

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

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Origin of alarums and excursions

First recorded in 1585–95

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