war of nerves

noun phrase

: a conflict characterized by psychological tactics (such as bluff, threats, and intimidation) designed primarily to create confusion, indecision, or breakdown of morale

Word History

First Known Use

1939, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of war of nerves was in 1939

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“War of nerves.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/war%20of%20nerves. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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