beat to quarters

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

See beat (to signal beating a drum)

VerbEdit

beat to quarters

  1. (intransitive, nautical) To summon the crew of a sailing man-of-war to their stations for action against an enemy. In the Royal Navy the drums were beaten to the rhythm of Heart of Oak.

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Last modified on 28 August 2013, at 13:30