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English definition of “skirmish”

skirmish

noun [C]  /ˈskɜr·mɪʃ/ us  
(in wars) a short fight that is usually not planned and happens away from the main area of fighting, or any short fight: Government troops lost a minor skirmish. The court skirmish over video rights to the movie continues.
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