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a conflict using psychological techniques, as propaganda, threats, and false rumors, rather than direct violence, in order to confuse, thwart, or intimidate an enemy.

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Origin of war of nerves

First recorded in 1935–40
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British Dictionary definitions for war of nerves

war of nerves

noun

the use of psychological tactics against an opponent, such as shattering his morale by the use of propaganda
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Idioms and Phrases with war of nerves

war of nerves

A conflict characterized by psychological pressure such as threats and rumors, aiming to undermine an enemy's morale. For example, Her lawyer said the university had waged a war of nerves to persuade his client to resign. This expression alludes to tactics used in World War II. [Late 1930s]

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