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What does "Skirmish" mean?

Definition

(v. i.) A slight contest (v. i.) A slight fight in war; a light or desultory combat between detachments from armies, or between detached and small bodies of troops (v. i.) To fight slightly or in small parties; to engage in a skirmish or skirmishes; to act as skirmishers


Synonyms encounter, clash, brush


Word Family skirmished, skirmisher, skirmishers, skirmishes, skirmishing