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alarum (a-LAH-ruhm) noun

A warning or an alarm, especially a call to arms.

[Middle English alarom, variant of alarm, alarm.]

"The latest alarum comes in a report from the Office of Technology Assessment, an advisory arm of Congress, called `Multinationals and the National Interest: Playing by Different Rules.'" Susan Dentzer, Meet the new economic bogymen, U.S. News & World Report, 18 Oct 1993.

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Never rise to speak till you have something to say; and when you have said it, cease. -John Witherspoon (1723-1794)


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