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collateral damage

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcollateral damagecollateral damagea) when non-military people are hurt or killed, or non-military property is damaged, as a result of actions in a war – used especially by the army, navy etc Hitting any non-military targets would risk ‘collateral damage’. b) unintended harm that happens to people as a result of something that is done collateral
Examples from the Corpus
collateral damageOur helplessness, outrage and fear were not collateral damage.It could also be that collateral damage from a program crash has changed the setting.This collateral damage to otherwise healthy bits of tooth may in the end have to be dealt with itself.
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