Definition of war story
- politicians swapping war stories from past campaigns
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He liked to tell war stories from his life as a sea captain.
We exchanged war stories about our time as interns at the same company.
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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.
: a story of a personal experience that usually involves danger, struggle, or adventure
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