war story


  1. an account or anecdote concerning one's personal experiences, especially in military combat, during a war.
  2. Informal. a story about hardships, ordeals, or adventures one has undergone.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of war story1

First recorded in 1860–65

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Example Sentences

The casual writing makes the book’s 450-plus pages of text go down easy, even if the reader’s reward is more war stories than insightful analysis.

Williams went on to tell a war story about being on a helicopter that was hit by gunfire — only, it wasn’t true.

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He said, “war ruined my life,” and told me an absolutely horrific war story.

When Oates veers back into the war story, it is regrettable that certain factual inaccuracies become distractions.

Michael Hastings is a regular contributor to GQ and the author of I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story.

As a soldier he has done his duty and is deserving of every support in the circulation of his war story.

It is a war story without any war, a sea story without any sea; yet it exhibits a great struggle and rings with a great victory.

A war story; but more of flirtation, love and courtship than of fighting or history.

Try to weave one into a good war story as did Daudet or Mrs. Andrews.

The war story of which I speak was distinctly the beginning of anything like genuine work for me.





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