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council of war

noun
1.
a conference of high-ranking military or naval officers, usually for discussing a major emergency or war problem.
2.
any conference for discussing or deciding upon a course of action.
Origin of council of war
1580-1590
1580-90
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  • Shortly after sunrise, therefore, they stopped to rest, and hold a council-of-war.

    Running Fox Elmer Russell Gregor
  • Having called a council-of-war, all the captains agreed that the exploit might be accomplished.

    Hurricane Hurry W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for council-of-war

council of war

noun
1.
an assembly of military leaders in wartime
2.
an emergency meeting to formulate a plan
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