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skirmish

noun [C] uk   /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 a short argument: There was a short skirmish between the political party leaders when the government announced it was to raise taxes.
skirmish
verb [I] uk   us  
skirmisher
noun [C] uk   /r/ us    //
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