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Scrimmage

A tussle a slight battle. From the obsolete scrimer, a fencer; French, escrimeur; same root as escarmouch, our skirmish.

Prince Ouffur at this skrymage, for all his pryde,
Fled full fast and sought no guide.

MS. Lansdowne, 200, f. 10.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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