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Definition of skirmish:

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

Synonyms:

coming upon, crash, coppice, friction, clank, brushwood, face-off, clangor, clang, study at battle, conflict, combat, bout, light touch, run-in, touch, confrontation, fight, action, contest, affair, passage of arms, meeting, showdown, strife, copse, thicket, clangoring, clash, brush, brushing, clangour, engagement, encounter, battle.

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