collateral damage


noun

the killing of civilians in a military attack.
any damage incidental to an activity.

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Origin of collateral damage

First recorded in 1985–90
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British Dictionary definitions for collateral damage

collateral damage

noun

military unintentional damage to civil property and civilian casualties, caused by military operations
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