Skir·mish v. i. [imp. & p. p. Skirmished p. pr. & vb. n. Skirmishing.] To fight slightly or in small parties; to engage in a skirmish or skirmishes; to act as skirmishers.
1. A slight fight in war; a light or desultory combat between detachments from armies, or between detached and small bodies of troops.
2. A slight contest.
They never meet but there's a skirmish of wit. --Shak.
n : a minor short-term fight [syn: brush, clash, encounter]
v : engage in a skirmish