It seems that every major weather-related event becomes a skirmish in the climate-change wars.
The first skirmish in the renewed battle for gender wage equality seemed to be won by Republicans.
Obama will not win every skirmish with the Republican Congress in his second term.
The skirmish is the latest wrinkle in the fight over who will control the GOP, says Ben Jacobs.
The first skirmish erupted in late August, when Liz issued a campaign statement voicing her opposition to such unions.
The French word might lead to the conclusion that a scarre might be used for a skirmish.
He found the enemy on the pike and had quite a skirmish in driving them off.
At last we were halted behind another hill, put in skirmish line, and told what we were to do.
So the Jackson boys had luck with them in their first skirmish.
The enemy keep up a sharp fire on our skirmish line at night.
late 14c., from Old French escarmouche "skirmish," from Italian scaramuccia, earlier schermugio, probably from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German skirmen "to protect, defend"), with a diminutive or depreciatory suffix, from Proto-Germanic *skerm-, from PIE *(s)ker- (1) "to cut" (see shear).
Influenced in Middle English by a separate verb skirmysshen "to brandish a weapon," from Old French eskirmiss-, stem of eskirmir "to fence," from Frankish *skirmjan, from the same Germanic source. Cf. also scrimmage. Other modern Germanic forms have an additional diminutive affix: German scharmützel, Dutch schermutseling, Danish skjærmydsel. Skirmish-line attested by 1864.
c.1200, from Old French escarmouchier, from Italian scaramucciare (see skirmish (n.)). Related: Skirmished; skirmishing.