On the alert
Alert A*lert", n. (Mil.) An alarm from a real or threatened attack; a sudden attack; also, a bugle sound to give warning. ``We have had an alert.'' --Farrow. [1913 Webster]

{On the alert}, on the lookout or watch against attack or danger; ready to act. [1913 Webster]


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