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skirmish

noun [C]     /ˈskɜː.mɪʃ/ US  /ˈskɝː-/
a fight between a small number of soldiers that is usually short and not planned , and happens away from the main area of fighting in a war Fighting a short argument : There was a short skirmish between the political party leaders when the government announced it was to raise taxes .Arguments and disagreements skirmish     verb [I] skirmisher     /r/ US  // noun [C] Soldiers and people who fight in wars
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