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war of nerves

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishwar of nervesˌwar of ˈnerves noun [singular] 🔊 🔊 PMan attempt to make an enemy worried, and to destroy their courage by threatening them, spreading false information etc
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war of nervesHe was engaging in a war of nerves with her, Isabel realised at last, but he didn't remember.Perhaps, though, it was all part of a war of nerves.The war of nerves between police and the barricaded guerrillas has escalated in recent days.
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