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skirmish

SKIRMISH, n.

1. A slight fight in war; a light combat by armies at a great distance from each other, or between detachments and small parties.

2. A contest; a contention.

They never meet but there's a skirmish of wit.




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SKIRMISH, n.

1. A slight fight in war; a light combat by armies at a great distance from each other, or between detachments and small parties.

2. A contest; a contention.

They never meet but there's a skirmish of wit.


SKIR-MISH, n. [skur'mish; Fr. escarmouche; It. scaramuccia; Sp. escaramuza; Port. escaramuça; G. scharmützel; D. schermutseling; Sw. skärmytsel; Dan. skiermydsel; W. ysgarm, outcry; ysgarmu, to shout; ysgarmes, a shouting, a skirmish; from garm, a shout. The primary sense is to throw or drive. In some of the languages, skirmish appears to be connected with a word signifying defense; but defense is from driving, repelling.]

  1. A slight fight in war; a light combat by armies at a great distance from each other, or between detachments and small parties.
  2. A contest; a contention. They never meet but there's a skirmish of wit. – Shak.

SKIRM'ISH, v.i.

To fight slightly or in small parties.


Skir"mish
  1. To fight slightly or in small parties; to engage in a skirmish or skirmishes; to act as skirmishers.
  2. A slight fight in war; a light or desultory combat between detachments from armies, or between detached and small bodies of troops.
  3. A slight contest.

    They never meet but there's a skirmish of wit. Shak.

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Skirmish

SKIRMISH, noun

1. A slight fight in war; a light combat by armies at a great distance from each other, or between detachments and small parties.

2. A contest; a contention.

They never meet but there's a skirmish of wit.

SKIRM'ISH, verb intransitive To fight slightly or in small parties.

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