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general quarters

noun, (used with a singular verb) Military
a condition of readiness for combat on a warship, during which crew members remain at their battle stations and have guns and ammunition ready for immediate loading. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • All the ships set general quarters and all activated their radars.
  • He barely has reached for the syrup when the clanging of the summons to general quarters reverberates throughout the ship.
  • Or if they go to general quarters, then you'll be at general quarters until they relieve you.
  • Another blast shook the ship, followed seconds later by the general quarters alarm.
  • He never got that much out of his mouth and then general quarters sounded.
  • My station when you--when you--in an emergency situation they sound general quarters.

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