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From Old French escarmouche (skirmish), from Italian scaramuccia, earlier schermugio.

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skirmish (plural skirmishes)

  1. (military) A brief battle between small groups, usually part of a longer or larger battle or war.
  2. (figuratively, by extension) Any minor dispute.
  3. A type of outdoor military style game using paintball or similar weapons.

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skirmish (third-person singular simple present skirmishes, present participle skirmishing, simple past and past participle skirmished)

  1. To engage in a minor battle or dispute

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