alarums and excursionsa·la·rums and excursions
- Loud, frantic, or excited activity; clamor.
- The sounds of war or warlike activity. Used as a stage direction for moving of soldiers across stage, as in Shakespeare's plays.
Origin of alarums and excursionsEarly Modern English, sudden attacks and sallies.
- As a Shakespearean stage direction - soldiers march across the stage, blowing bugles and beating drums etc