shooting war

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noun

open conflict between hostile nations involving direct military engagements.
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Examples from the Web for shooting 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)