Meaning of skirmish

skir•mish

Pronunciation: (skûr'mish), [key]
— n.
  1. a fight between small bodies of troops, esp. advanced or outlying detachments of opposing armies.
  2. any brisk conflict or encounter: She had a skirmish with her landlord about the rent.
—v.i.
  1. to engage in a skirmish.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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