call to arms

a command to report for active military duty.

1840–50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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But it is also a call to arms, a lonely cry in the wilderness of our
  increasingly electronic and hyperlinked society.
The signal is a call to arms, rousing the lazing morays to leave their crevices
  and swim off with the groupers.
In the world of fertility treatment, doctors are sounding a call to arms to
  reverse the soaring rate of multiple births.
Kentuckians have answered the call to arms in all wars of our country.
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