military preparedness without commitment, especially as the expressed policy of a neutral nation in wartime; readiness to counter with force an invasion of rights by any belligerent power.
It was again restored on the dissolution of the armed neutrality.
The Every Day Book of History and Chronology Joel Munsell
After that, there was a sort of armed neutrality between them.
The Brand of Silence Harrington Strong
The “armed neutrality” between Pauline and herself still continued.
Love Works Wonders Charlotte M. Brame
This plan is a sort of armed neutrality which has many advocates.
The Life Of Thomas Paine, Vol. I. (of II) Moncure Daniel Conway
If she had had more moderation and justice, the project of an armed neutrality would not have taken place.
The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. V (of 12) Various
This was especially emphasized by the armed neutrality of 1780.
International Law George Grafton Wilson and George Fox Tucker
Her mother was torn with the torment of an armed neutrality.
St. Cuthbert’s Robert E. Knowles
As usual, it was about Effie, for on most other subjects they preserved an armed neutrality.
Beatrice H. Rider Haggard
My father and I were always on the most distant terms when I was a boy—a sort of armed neutrality so to speak.
The Curious Republic of Gondour and Other Whimsical Sketches Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Proceedings of Congress in reference to the armed neutrality.
The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution Various
- Armed response unit
noun (in Britain) a unit of police officers who are trained to use firearms in situations where unarmed police officers would be in danger
- Armed response vehicle
noun (in Britain) a police vehicle carrying armed officers who are trained to respond to incidents involving firearms
- Armed robbery
a robbery in which the robber is armed with a dangerous weapon.
- Armed to the teeth
Overly well equipped or prepared, as in With her elaborate gown and makeup, she was armed to the teeth for her first New York appearance. The expression to the teeth meant “well equipped” in the 14th century, when knights often wore head-to-foot armor. The idiom, however, only gained currency in the mid-1800s, at first still […]