gang war

variants: or gang warfare

Definition of gang war

: feuding between gangs especially : feuding between groups of gangsters

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First Known Use of gang war

1910, in the meaning defined above

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“Gang war.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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