|Origin:||escaramouche, from Old Italian scaramuccia|
a fight between small groups of soldiers, ships etc, especially one that happens away from the main part of a battle - used in news reports
The young soldier was killed in a skirmish with government troops.
a short argument, especially between political or sports opponents
Bates was sent off after a skirmish with the referee.
a budget skirmish between the President and Congress
—skirmish verb [intransitive]
They skirmished briefly with soldiers from Fort Benton.