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What is another word for skirmish?

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An episode of irregular or unpremeditated fighting, especially between small or outlying parts of armies or fleets
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“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?”
A military strike or incursion
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An organized competition or activity usually performed for the enjoyment of a mass of people
Engage in a skirmish
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“He fought a war with Chad, skirmished with Egypt, and trained a commando group which attacked a city in southern Tunisia.”
To engage in a competition or contest
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