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skirmish

skir·mish

skirmish

 
 
pronunciation:
skuhr mihsh
parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a minor or preliminary battle between small military units.
There have been a few skirmishes with the enemy but no heavy fighting in recent weeks.
synonyms:
scrimmage
definition 2: a relatively minor conflict or dispute.
The skirmish between workers and management was quickly resolved.
synonyms:
bicker, dispute, quarrel, row, scrap, spat, squabble, tiff, tussle
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: skirmished, skirmishes, skirmishing
definition: to engage in a skirmish.
He was killed while the two sides skirmished that day.
synonyms:
battle, fight, scrimmage
similar words:
clash, contend, encounter, engage, strive, struggle
derivation: skirmisher (n.)