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A bugle call summoning soldiers to their barracks.
- ‘The custom of the evening parade stems from the call to quarters for British troops quartered in Holland during the 30 Years War.’
- ‘Thirty minutes after the return of the corps from supper the call to quarters will be beaten by the officer in charge of the guard.’
- ‘Abolished were the call to quarters, guard duty, roll call at meals, Taps and women's drill, and the formation of a student association would be allowed.’
- ‘The call to quarters coincides with Student Bonfire's scheduled burning of an off-campus bonfire on Saturday.’
- ‘A bell will ring at the end of each activity to signal the changeover and a bugle is blown to signal wake-up, call to quarters, and bedtime.’
- ‘As the ship slipped away, he blew a last, mournful call to quarters on his brass boatswain's pipe.’
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