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council of war

a conference of high-ranking military or naval officers, usually for discussing a major emergency or war problem.
any conference for discussing or deciding upon a course of action.
Origin of council of war
1580-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The first thing after breakfast was to send for the other generals and have another council of war.
  • About the conference of the generals or a council of war there was none such.
  • The quartet held a council of war presently and then replied defiantly that they in tended to remain.
British Dictionary definitions for council of war

council of war

an assembly of military leaders in wartime
an emergency meeting to formulate a plan
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