To take arms


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To take arms to commence war or hostilities.
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  • Sir Thomas Browne
    “Though it be in the power of the weakest arm to take away life, it is not in the strongest to deprive us of death.”


In literature:

He was tempted to take her in his arms, and kiss her until she softened, pleaded with him.
"The Odd Women" by George Gissing
The party will want to take with them their rations, arms, and sufficient camp and garrison equipage for a few days.
"The Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman, Complete" by William T. Sherman
Heliobas then offered me his arm to take me to the carriage.
"A Romance of Two Worlds" by Marie Corelli
She believed that his arm was broken, and smarted with wrath at her mistress for so easily taking his word to the contrary.
"Rhoda Fleming, Complete" by George Meredith
I suggested that, as my presence did not seem to be required, I could take her on my arm for a walk to the pier-head.
"The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete" by George Meredith
But I pity the young who have to cast themselves off and take up arms.
"Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete" by George Meredith
He would have desired to take her in his arms, like a child, to pet and caress her into happiness.
"Watersprings" by Arthur Christopher Benson
He wanted to take her in his arms again.
"The Golden Snare" by James Oliver Curwood
He saw her quick lids beating back the tears, and longed to take her in his arms and soothe her.
"Ethan Frome" by Edith Wharton
He longed at the sound to take her in his arms and hush her up, as a mother hushes her weeping child.
"Sylvia's Lovers, Vol. II" by Elizabeth Gaskell

In poetry:

We take the arms that Heaven supplies
For Life's long battle with Disease,
Taught by our various need to prize
Our frailest weapons, even these.
"For The Meeting Of The National Sanitary Association" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Low I kneel through the night again,
Hear my prayer, if my prayer be right!
Take for Thy token my proud heart broken.
God, guide my arm! I go back to the fight.
"Vigils" by Aline Murray Kilmer
Not looking to the right nor to the left,
But conscious of the guide he had within,
He, armed with his strong battle words, has cleft
Paths for the feebler soul to take and win.
"Carlyle" by Alexander Anderson
With frantic arm he burst the door,
That shiver'd to to his blow;
One step,...but oh ! that one to take,
He wish'd that life had been the stake,
That he might have giv'n it now:
"Basil" by Anne Bannerman
Pray'r is an arm which reaches very far —
E'en from the earth unto the etherial sky —
To her God's treasures never have a bar,
But thence she takes, what may her wants supply.
"Concerning Prayer, And Its Proper Requisites" by Rees Prichard
A walk in the moonlight has pleasures, I own,
But it is n't quite safe to be walking alone;
So I take a lad's arm,--just for safety, you know,--
But Aunt Tabitha tells me they did n't do so.
"Aunt Tabitha" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Chamberlain 's arm immediately fell to his side, and he grimaced in pain, taking more than a few minutes to walk around the field and steady himself.
A mummy may take the role seriously and begin to walk stiff with their arms out front.
Pounds accused the victim of stealing her free government-issued cell phone before taking a box cutter to his arm pit area.
Dispatching Navy vessels armed with cruise missiles to take station off the coast of Libya and sending 50 more Marines to protect the US embassy in Tripoli probably were necessary to safeguard American diplomatic personnel in that country.
In a remarkable display of unity the UN Security Council voted to take any measure short of armed occupation to keep Moammar Gaddafi from waging war on his own people.
Intel is taking new strides to help its developer community cash in on the mobility craze, arming them with tools that can monetize their apps and help deploy them across a variety of devices, whether running Windows, Android or iOS.
Police arrested a Springfield man who they say broke the arm of his girlfriend's 20-month-old son and neglected to take him to a doctor.
West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw has launched a new website called "Know Before You Owe ," to arm students and parents with information before they apply for college and take on student loans.
Demonstrated for the first time at IMTS, this cellular manufacturing system uses a touchscreen controller and diagnostic system designed to take automation beyond simply pairing a robot arm with a turning cell or machining center.
Emphasizing arm slot and pitching to contact, Searage has dramatically improved the Pirates starting pitching since taking over late last season as pitching coach.
But Sugar 's "million-dollar" arm wins the day and he's assigned to a farm team in Bridgeport, Iowa, taking a room with a conservative farm family.
Well it didn't take long for the Section III baseball playoffs to exhibit its usual anything-goes behavior, especially in the larger brackets where double-digit seeds with one hot arm can ruin the dreams of favorites in a couple of hours.
Massachusetts Man Uses Fake Leg to Take Down Armed Robber.
A top official and eight others from the United States-backed contras today ended their armed fight against the leftist Sandinista Government to return home and take part in the electoral process.
How about taking your 18-month-old daughter to an armed robbery.

In science:

To be conservative, we will not take this epoch in our analysis (though it does nicely correlate with a spiral arm crossing if it existed).
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth
Blitz et al. found that a four armed[120] spiral structure in HI extends all the way to RHI,out ≈ 2R⊙ . (Specifically, they found RHI,out = 20 kpc when taking a rotation curve in which R⊙ = 10 kpc and v⊙ = 200 km/s.
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth
Since CR sources are clearly more common to the Galactic spiral arms, models for CR propagation in the MW should take this fact into account.
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth
Once phase I is finished, we take a set of admissible doses to phase II, in which patients are adaptively randomized to multiple treatment arms corresponding to those admissible doses.
Bayesian phase I/II adaptively randomized oncology trials with combined drugs
Both arms of the interferometer are connected to a second PMC where the interference between pulses takes place.
True random numbers from amplified quantum vacuum