open conflict between hostile nations involving direct military engagements.
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How to use shooting war in a sentence
It’s a good start towards being able to do the same in a shooting war.Watch a team of robots launch and target a missile | Kelsey D. Atherton | October 24, 2021 | Popular-Science
As it turned out, she was stationed in an office that was stocked with guns, ammunition and gold, and she directed the efforts of commandos in a shooting war.Forgotten spies who fought the Nazis in the Middle East | Jonathan Kirsch | February 12, 2021 | Washington Post
Just as all is fair in a shooting war, so manipulation and deception are legitimate tools in a culture war.
But Hengly can turn this world upside down and might even get a shooting-war going before they get here.The K-Factor | Harry Harrison (AKA Henry Maxwell Dempsey)