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Word: skirmish

Definition: minor fight; minor battle in war; V.


Sentences Containing 'skirmish'

The skirmish was long contested and bloody; many of their foes were slain, but still they were thirty to one.
Then, compelled to quit Rome, he went and got himself obscurely killed in a night skirmish, scarcely noticed in history.
There they had a bit of a skirmish in getting rid of the duties; the excise was, in truth, the everlasting enemy of the patron of The Young Amelia.
He answered, that which is unexpected, which comes suddenly and unforeseen; and though he answered like a pagan, and one without the knowledge of the true God, yet, as far as sparing our feelings is concerned, he was right; for suppose you are killed in the first engagement or skirmish, whether by a cannon ball or blown up by mine, what matters it?
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.
You may skirmish with Miss Dartle, or try to hide your sympathies in jest from me, but I know better.

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