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 Alarm.Alas’nam. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Alar’um Bell.
 
In feudal times a ’larum bell was rung in the castle in times of danger to summon the retainers to arms. A variant of alarm (q.v.).   1
       
“Awake! awake!
       
Ring the alarum bell! Murder and treason”
       
Shakespeare: Macbeth, ii. 3.
 


 Alarm.Alas’nam. 

 
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