skirmish Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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skirmishnoun [C]

uk   /ˈskɜː.mɪʃ/  us   /ˈskɝː-/
a ​fight between a ​smallnumber of ​soldiers that is usually ​short and not ​planned, and ​happens away from the ​mainarea of ​fighting in a ​war a ​shortargument: There was a short skirmish between the two of them over who would ​pay for the ​meal.
skirmish
verb [I] uk   us  
skirmisher
noun [C] uk   /r/  us   //
(Definition of skirmish from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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skirmishnoun [C]

 us   /ˈskɜr·mɪʃ/
(in ​wars) a ​shortfight that is usually not ​planned and ​happens away from the ​mainarea of ​fighting, or any ​shortfight: Government ​troopslost a ​minor skirmish. The ​court skirmish over ​videorights to the ​moviecontinues.
(Definition of skirmish from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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