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Topic: MILITARY

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: escaramouche, from Old Italian scaramuccia

skirmish

noun
     
skir‧mish [countable]
1PM 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
skirmish with/between/over
The young soldier was killed in a skirmish with government troops.
2 a short argument, especially between political or sports opponents
skirmish with/between/over
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.
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