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guerrilla warfare

the use of hit-and-run tactics by small, mobile groups of irregular forces operating in territory controlled by a hostile, regular force.
Origin of guerrilla warfare
1835-45 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for guerrilla warfare
  • It is extremely difficult to prevent these sort of guerrilla warfare attacks.
  • There may well be an increase in guerrilla warfare because new technologies may increase our vulnerability to it.
  • It is often unconventional and messy guerrilla warfare.
  • What they did not and still do not agree on is the point at which confrontation becomes guerrilla warfare.
  • No doubt he was hardened by his previous extensive experience of reporting guerrilla warfare in various continents.
  • Sporadic guerrilla warfare soon broke out along with often fraudulently decided and violently disputed elections.
  • guerrilla warfare spread mayhem across the state and engendered hatred that lasted for decades.
Contemporary definitions for guerrilla warfare

a type of military action using small mobile irregular forces to carry out surprise tactics against hostile regular forces

Word Origin

Spanish 'skirmishing' + warfare's 21st Century Lexicon
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guerrilla warfare in Culture
guerrilla warfare [(guh-ril-uh)]

Wars fought with hit-and-run tactics by small groups against an invader or against an established government. (See counterinsurgency.)

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