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
vb clash, collide, come to blows, scrap (informal) tussle
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skirmish ( skirmishes plural & 3rd person present) ( skirmishing present participle) ( skirmished past tense & past participle )
1 n-count A skirmish is a minor battle.
oft N with/between n
Border skirmishes between India and Pakistan were common.
2 v-recip If people skirmish, they fight.
They were skirmishing close to the minefield now... pl-n V
Police skirmished with youths on the estate last Friday. V with n
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