collateral-damage

collateral damage

noun
1.
the killing of civilians in a military attack.
2.
any damage incidental to an activity.

Origin:
1985–90

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collateral damage
 
n
military unintentional damage to civil property and civilian casualties, caused by military operations

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collateral damage
by 1873 in legal cases; in modern use, generally a euphemism for "the coincidental killing of civilians," U.S. coinage, c.1968, at first generally with ref. to nuclear weapons.
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