war story

noun

Definition of war story

  1. :  a story of a memorable personal experience typically involving an element of danger, hardship, or adventure politicians swapping war stories from past campaigns

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Examples of war story in a Sentence

  1. He liked to tell war stories from his life as a sea captain.

  2. We exchanged war stories about our time as interns at the same company.

Did You Know?

People have been telling stories about real wars since long before Washington Irving wrote the following in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: "folks . . . sat smoking at one end of the piazza, . . . drawing out long stories about the war." But today tellers of "war stories" need not have experienced a literal battlefield. Around the middle of the 19th century, "war story" took on a more figurative meaning, and nowadays such accounts can encompass challenges in the workplace, on the campaign trail, in sports, in one's travels . . . wherever difficulties need to be overcome.

First Known Use of war story

1970


WAR STORY Defined for English Language Learners

war story

noun

Definition of war story for English Language Learners

  • : a story of a personal experience that usually involves danger, struggle, or adventure

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