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An episode of irregular or unpremeditated fighting, especially between small or outlying parts of armies or fleets
“The Constitutional Court's decision is only a skirmish in the broader battle between the executive and the judiciary.”
A short argument
“Who would have bet on Mjallby being the one on the seat of his shorts trackside after an unlikely skirmish between David and Goliath?”
Engage in a skirmish
“He fought a war with Chad, skirmished with Egypt, and trained a commando group which attacked a city in southern Tunisia.”
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