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Definition of skirmish verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

skirmish

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verb
BrE BrE//ˈskɜːmɪʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɜːrmɪʃ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they skirmish
BrE BrE//ˈskɜːmɪʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɜːrmɪʃ//
 
he / she / it skirmishes
BrE BrE//ˈskɜːmɪʃɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɜːrmɪʃɪz//
 
past simple skirmished
BrE BrE//ˈskɜːmɪʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɜːrmɪʃt//
 
past participle skirmished
BrE BrE//ˈskɜːmɪʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɜːrmɪʃt//
 
-ing form skirmishing
BrE BrE//ˈskɜːmɪʃɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɜːmɪʃɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] to take part in a short fight or argument The patrol skirmished with the enemy for several hours. Word Origin Middle English (as a verb): from Old French eskirmiss-, lengthened stem of eskirmir, from a Germanic verb meaning ‘defend’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: skirmish

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