[ noun ] a minor short-term fight
Used in print(Bell I. Wiley, "Home Letters of Johnny Reb and Billy...)
A Federal infantryman wrote to his father shortly after his first skirmish in Virginia : `` Dear Pa .(Barry Goldwater, "A Foreign Policy for America"...)
Fearful of inviting a military showdown with the West which they could not win , the Communists seek to undermine Western power where the nuclear might of the West is irrelevant - in backwoods guerrilla skirmishes , in mob uprisings in the streets , in parliaments , in clandestine meetings of undercover conspirators , at the United_Nations , on the propaganda front , at diplomatic conferences - preferably at the highest level .