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skirmish

  

      n  
1    a minor short-lived military engagement  
2    any brisk clash or encounter, usually of a minor nature  
      vb  
3    intr; often foll by: with   to engage in a skirmish  
     (C14: from Old French eskirmir, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German skirmen to defend)  
  skirmisher      n  
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skirmish

  
1   
      n   affair, affray     (Law)   battle, brush, clash, combat, conflict, contest, dust-up     (informal)   encounter, engagement, fracas, incident, scrap     (informal)   scrimmage, set-to     (informal)   spat, tussle  
2   
      vb   clash, collide, come to blows, scrap     (informal)   tussle  

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