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 for Under arms
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Under \Un"der\ ([u^]n"d[~e]r), prep. [AS. under, prep. & adv.;
     akin to OFries. under, OS. undar, D. onder, G. unter, OHG.
     untar, Icel. undir, Sw. & Dan. under, Goth. undar, L. infra
     below, inferior lower, Skr. adhas below. [root]201. Cf.
     Inferior.]
     1. Below or lower, in place or position, with the idea of
        being covered; lower than; beneath; -- opposed to over;
        as, he stood under a tree; the carriage is under cover; a
        cellar extends under the whole house.
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              Fruit put in bottles, and the bottles let down into
              wells under water, will keep long.    --Bacon.
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              Be gathered now, ye waters under heaven,
              Into one place.                       --Milton.
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     2. Hence, in many figurative uses which may be classified as
        follows; 
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        (a) Denoting relation to some thing or person that is
            superior, weighs upon, oppresses, bows down, governs,
            directs, influences powerfully, or the like, in a
            relation of subjection, subordination, obligation,
            liability, or the like; as, to travel under a heavy
            load; to live under extreme oppression; to have
            fortitude under the evils of life; to have patience
            under pain, or under misfortunes; to behave like a
            Christian under reproaches and injuries; under the
            pains and penalties of the law; the condition under
            which one enters upon an office; under the necessity
            of obeying the laws; under vows of chastity.
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                  Both Jews and Gentiles . . . are all under sin.
                                                    --Rom. iii. 9.
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                  That led the embattled seraphim to war
                  Under thy conduct.                --Milton.
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                  Who have their provand
                  Only for bearing burdens, and sore blows
                  For sinking under them.           --Shak.
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        (b) Denoting relation to something that exceeds in rank or
            degree, in number, size, weight, age, or the like; in
            a relation of the less to the greater, of inferiority,
            or of falling short.
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                  Three sons he dying left under age. --Spenser.
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                  Medicines take effect sometimes under, and
                  sometimes above, the natural proportion of their
                  virtue.                           --Hooker.
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                  There are several hundred parishes in England
                  under twenty pounds a year.       --Swift.
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                  It was too great an honor for any man under a
                  duke.                             --Addison.
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     Note: Hence, it sometimes means at, with, or for, less than;
           as, he would not sell the horse under sixty dollars.
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                 Several young men could never leave the pulpit
                 under half a dozen conceits.       --Swift.
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        (c) Denoting relation to something that comprehends or
            includes, that represents or designates, that
            furnishes a cover, pretext, pretense, or the like; as,
            he betrayed him under the guise of friendship;
            Morpheus is represented under the figure of a boy
            asleep.
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                  A crew who, under names of old renown . . .
                  abused
                  Fanatic Egypt.                    --Milton.
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                  Mr. Duke may be mentioned under the double
                  capacity of a poet and a divine.  --Felton.
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                  Under this head may come in the several contests
                  and wars betwixt popes and the secular princes.
                                                    --C. Leslie.
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        (d) Less specifically, denoting the relation of being
            subject, of undergoing regard, treatment, or the like;
            as, a bill under discussion.
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                  Abject and lost, lay these, covering the flood,
                  Under amazement of their hideous change.
                                                    --Milton.
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     Under arms. (Mil.)
        (a) Drawn up fully armed and equipped.
        (b) Enrolled for military service; as, the state has a
            million men under arms.
  
     Under canvas.
        (a) (Naut.) Moved or propelled by sails; -- said of any
            vessel with her sail set, but especially of a steamer
            using her sails only, as distinguished from one under
            steam. Under steam and canvas signifies that a vessel
            is using both means of propulsion.
        (b) (Mil.) Provided with, or sheltered in, tents.
  
     Under fire, exposed to an enemy's fire; taking part in a
        battle or general engagement.
  
     Under foot. See under Foot, n.
  
     Under ground, below the surface of the ground.
  
     Under one's signature, with one's signature or name
        subscribed; attested or confirmed by one's signature. Cf.
        the second Note under Over, prep.
  
     Under sail. (Naut.)
        (a) With anchor up, and under the influence of sails;
            moved by sails; in motion.
        (b) With sails set, though the anchor is down.
        (c) Same as Under canvas
        (a), above. --Totten.
  
     Under sentence, having had one's sentence pronounced.
  
     Under the breath, Under one's breath, with low voice;
        very softly.
  
     Under the lee (Naut.), to the leeward; as, under the lee of
        the land.
  
     Under the gun. Under psychological pressure, such as the
        need to meet a pressing deadline; feeling pressured
  
     Under water, below the surface of the water.
  
     Under way, or Under weigh (Naut.), in a condition to make
        progress; having started.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Arms \Arms\, n. pl. [OE. armes, F. arme, pl. armes, fr. L. arma,
     pl., arms, orig. fittings, akin to armus shoulder, and E.
     arm. See Arm, n.]
     1. Instruments or weapons of offense or defense.
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              He lays down his arms, but not his wiles. --Milton.
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              Three horses and three goodly suits of arms.
                                                    --Tennyson.
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     2. The deeds or exploits of war; military service or science.
        "Arms and the man I sing." --Dryden.
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     3. (Law) Anything which a man takes in his hand in anger, to
        strike or assault another with; an aggressive weapon.
        --Cowell. Blackstone.
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     4. (Her.) The ensigns armorial of a family, consisting of
        figures and colors borne in shields, banners, etc., as
        marks of dignity and distinction, and descending from
        father to son.
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     5. (Falconry) The legs of a hawk from the thigh to the foot.
        --Halliwell.
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     Bred to arms, educated to the profession of a soldier.
  
     In arms, armed for war; in a state of hostility.
  
     Small arms, portable firearms known as muskets, rifles,
        carbines, pistols, etc.
  
     A stand of arms, a complete set for one soldier, as a
        musket, bayonet, cartridge box and belt; frequently, the
        musket and bayonet alone.
  
     To arms! a summons to war or battle.
  
     Under arms, armed and equipped and in readiness for battle,
        or for a military parade.
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     Arm's end,
  
     Arm's length,
  
     Arm's reach. See under Arm.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  under arms
      adv 1: armed and prepared for fighting

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