skirmish

Part of speech: noun

Skirmisher.

Part of speech: verb

To fight in a preliminary way.

Part of speech: noun

A light combat, as between small parties.

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Usage examples "skirmish":

  1. They had had their little skirmish, whatever it might mean, and had it out; now, they called a truce over the patient's body. - "Hilda Wade A Woman With Tenacity Of Purpose", Grant Allen.
  2. Phokion now ordered his main body to remain in reserve, in order to give those who had been scattered in the former skirmish a point to rally on, while he himself, with some picked men, charged the enemy. - "Plutarch's Lives Volume III.", Plutarch.
  3. The unfortunate French commander was in despair and hoping to hide the catastrophe from the pursuing enemy, he ordered a brisk skirmish, in which he took part with plenty of courage and was severely wounded in the arm. - "Bayard: The Good Knight Without Fear And Without Reproach", Christopher Hare.