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shooting war

noun
1.
open conflict between hostile nations involving direct military engagements.
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shooting war

noun phrase

hot war (1941+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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