guerrilla warfare


noun

the use of hit-and-run tactics by small, mobile groups of irregular forces operating in territory controlled by a hostile, regular force.

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Words nearby guerrilla warfare

Origin of guerrilla warfare

First recorded in 1835–45
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Cultural definitions for guerrilla warfare

guerrilla warfare
[ (guh-ril-uh) ]

Wars fought with hit-and-run tactics by small groups against an invader or against an established government. (See counterinsurgency.)

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