skirmish


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skir·mish

 (skûr′mĭsh)
n.
1. A minor battle in war, as one between small forces or between large forces avoiding direct conflict.
2. A minor or preliminary conflict or dispute: a skirmish over the rules before the debate began.
intr.v. skir·mished, skir·mish·ing, skir·mish·es
To engage in a minor battle or dispute.

[Middle English skirmisshe, alteration (influenced by Middle English skirmisshen, to brandish a weapon) of skarmush, from Old French eskarmouch, from Old Italian scaramuccia, of Germanic origin; see sker- in Indo-European roots.]

skir′mish·er n.

skirmish

(ˈskɜːmɪʃ)
n
1. (Military) a minor short-lived military engagement
2. any brisk clash or encounter, usually of a minor nature
vb
(often foll by: with) to engage in a skirmish
[C14: from Old French eskirmir, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German skirmen to defend]
ˈskirmisher n

skir•mish

(ˈskɜr mɪʃ)

n.
1. a fight between small bodies of troops.
2. any brisk conflict or encounter.
v.i.
3. to engage in a skirmish.
[1300–50 < Old French eskirmiss-, s. of eskirmir < Frankish; compare Old High German skirman to defend]
skir′mish•er, n.

skirmish


Past participle: skirmished
Gerund: skirmishing

Imperative
skirmish
skirmish
Present
I skirmish
you skirmish
he/she/it skirmishes
we skirmish
you skirmish
they skirmish
Preterite
I skirmished
you skirmished
he/she/it skirmished
we skirmished
you skirmished
they skirmished
Present Continuous
I am skirmishing
you are skirmishing
he/she/it is skirmishing
we are skirmishing
you are skirmishing
they are skirmishing
Present Perfect
I have skirmished
you have skirmished
he/she/it has skirmished
we have skirmished
you have skirmished
they have skirmished
Past Continuous
I was skirmishing
you were skirmishing
he/she/it was skirmishing
we were skirmishing
you were skirmishing
they were skirmishing
Past Perfect
I had skirmished
you had skirmished
he/she/it had skirmished
we had skirmished
you had skirmished
they had skirmished
Future
I will skirmish
you will skirmish
he/she/it will skirmish
we will skirmish
you will skirmish
they will skirmish
Future Perfect
I will have skirmished
you will have skirmished
he/she/it will have skirmished
we will have skirmished
you will have skirmished
they will have skirmished
Future Continuous
I will be skirmishing
you will be skirmishing
he/she/it will be skirmishing
we will be skirmishing
you will be skirmishing
they will be skirmishing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been skirmishing
you have been skirmishing
he/she/it has been skirmishing
we have been skirmishing
you have been skirmishing
they have been skirmishing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been skirmishing
you will have been skirmishing
he/she/it will have been skirmishing
we will have been skirmishing
you will have been skirmishing
they will have been skirmishing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been skirmishing
you had been skirmishing
he/she/it had been skirmishing
we had been skirmishing
you had been skirmishing
they had been skirmishing
Conditional
I would skirmish
you would skirmish
he/she/it would skirmish
we would skirmish
you would skirmish
they would skirmish
Past Conditional
I would have skirmished
you would have skirmished
he/she/it would have skirmished
we would have skirmished
you would have skirmished
they would have skirmished
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.skirmish - a minor short-term fightskirmish - a minor short-term fight    
contretemps - an awkward clash; "he tried to smooth over his contretemps with the policeman"
fighting, combat, fight, scrap - the act of fighting; any contest or struggle; "a fight broke out at the hockey game"; "there was fighting in the streets"; "the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap"
Verb1.skirmish - engage in a skirmish
fight, struggle, contend - be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight; "the tribesmen fought each other"; "Siblings are always fighting"; "Militant groups are contending for control of the country"

skirmish

noun
1. fight, battle, conflict, incident, clash, contest, set-to (informal), encounter, brush, combat, scrap (informal), engagement, spat, tussle, fracas, affray (Law), dust-up (informal), scrimmage Border skirmishes are common.
2. argument, fight, row, clash, dispute, falling out (informal), disagreement, feud, quarrel, barney (informal), squabble, wrangle, bickering, difference of opinion, altercation, turf war (informal) This difference has led to several political skirmishes.
verb
1. fight, clash, come to blows, scrap (informal), collide, grapple, wrangle, tussle, lock horns, cross swords Police skirmished with youths on a council estate last Friday.

skirmish

noun
A brief, hostile exposure to or contact with something such as danger or opposition:
Translations
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小競り合い
skärmytsling

skirmish

[ˈskɜːmɪʃ]
A. Nescaramuza f, refriega f (fig) → roce m
to have a skirmish with (fig) → tener un roce con
B. VIpelear

skirmish

[ˈskɜːrmɪʃ]
n
(= minor battle) → escarmouche f, accrochage m
(= argument) → escarmouche f
viavoir un accrochage

skirmish

n (Mil) → Gefecht nt, → Plänkelei f; (= scrap, fig) → Zusammenstoß m
vi (Mil) → kämpfen; (= scrap, also fig) → zusammenstoßen

skirmish

[ˈskɜːmɪʃ] nscaramuccia
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He deployed his men into a skirmish line from the point where Esmeralda had been found, and in this extended formation they pushed their way, sweating and panting, through the tangled vines and creepers.
The festivities were delayed awaiting the return of the warriors who had remained to engage in the skirmish with the white men, so that it was quite late when all were in the village, and the dance of death commenced to circle around the doomed officer.
A door of communication leading into the kitchen of the cottage had been torn from its hinges, and used to carry the men wounded in the skirmish from the field.
Then they began to move and execute a kind of skirmish upon the calm water, while a vast number of horsemen on fine horses and in showy liveries, issuing from the city, engaged on their side in a somewhat similar movement.
The skirmish fire increased to a long chatter- ing sound.
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I afterwards learned how the skirmish had originated.
Well, if I could give you one where I was perfectly certain that you would be shot in your first skirmish, I would give it to you, with pleasure.
And then there occurred the first skirmish between the new party and the old.
Notwithstanding the lassitude and fatigue which oppressed him now, in common with his two companions, and indeed with all who had taken an active share in that night's work, Hugh's boisterous merriment broke out afresh whenever he looked at Simon Tappertit, and vented itself--much to that gentleman's indignation--in such shouts of laughter as bade fair to bring the watch upon them, and involve them in a skirmish, to which in their present worn-out condition they might prove by no means equal.
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