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war game

noun, Military.
a simulated military operation, carried out to test the validity of a war plan or operational concept: in its simplest form, two opposing teams of officers take part, and when necessary, military units of the required strength are employed.
Origin of war game
First recorded in 1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • There was plenty to be done before the war game actually began.

    The Boy Scout Automobilists Robert Maitland
  • In the war game no one can tell where the enemy may decide to strike in force.

  • The men in charge of us were young and some of them pretty green at the war game—but say!

  • But, as I remember the delights of the war game, I cannot altogether regret them.

    Recollections of a Varied Life George Cary Eggleston
  • You should ask a few of our friends to that war game, Baron.

    The Illustrious Prince E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • They were case-hardened by continual contact with the war game, and too careless, perhaps, of flying lead.

  • We c'n play that this is a war game, and we've been sent out to drop bombs on the fortifications of the enemy.

    The Aeroplane Boys Flight John Luther Langworthy
  • Analogies are dangerous, but there is a sense in which war is a chess game (as chess is a war game).

    Proclaim Liberty! Gilbert Seldes
  • And I think her sons are mighty lucky chaps—especially just now that the war game's on.

    The Whistling Mother Grace S. Richmond
  • One day we may meet face to face in the war game, but to-morrow night we will meet, as thou sayest, in peace.

    Wulnoth the Wanderer Herbert Escott-Inman
British Dictionary definitions for war game

war game

a notional tactical exercise for training military commanders, in which no military units are actually deployed
a game in which model soldiers are used to create battles, esp past battles, in order to study tactics
(intransitive) to prepare for battle by considering possible tactics and enemy responses
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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