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skirmish

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of skirmish

  1. 1 a brief clash between enemies or rivals <the candidates' first debate was only a skirmish in a very long campaign> Synonyms brush, hassle, run-in, scrape, encounterRelated Words argument, fight, quarrel, row, spat, squabble, tiff; battle, brawl, fray, wrangle

  2. 2 a physical dispute between opposing individuals or groups <throughout the week of the convention, riot police engaged in skirmishes with the demonstrators> Synonyms battle, clash, combat, conflict, contest, dustup, fracas, fray, hassle, scrap, scrimmage, scrum, scuffle, fight, struggle, tussleRelated Words pitched battle, rough-and-tumble; affray [chiefly British], battle royal, brawl, broil, donnybrook, free-for-all, melee (also mêlée), mix-up, ruckus, ruction; blows, fistfight, fisticuffs, grapple, handgrips, punch-out, punch-up [chiefly British], slugfest; confrontation, duel, face-off, joust; altercation, argle-bargle [chiefly British], argument, argy-bargy [chiefly British], contretemps, controversy, cross fire, disagreement, dispute, falling-out, kickup, misunderstanding, quarrel, row, spat, squabble, tangle, tiff, wrangle; catfightNear Antonyms truce




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