Meaning of “skirmish” in the English Dictionary

"skirmish" in British English

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skirmishnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈskɜː.mɪʃ/ us /ˈskɝː.mɪʃ/
skirmish
verb [ I ] uk us
skirmisher
noun [ C ] uk /ˈskɜː.mɪʃ.ər/ us /ˈskɝː.mɪʃ.ɚ/

(Definition of “skirmish” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"skirmish" in American English

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skirmishnoun [ C ]

us /ˈskɜr·mɪʃ/

(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.

(Definition of “skirmish” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)