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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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  • Yet such methods have not always been used, for the union has done much to systematize this guerrilla warfare.

    The Armies of Labor Samuel P. Orth
  • Matters with Vivien went on in a species of guerrilla warfare.

  • The report also appends a copy of the “Army Regulations” under which the insurgent forces were to conduct the guerrilla warfare.

  • The war dragged on, being more a guerrilla warfare than anything else.

    Cuba Arthur D. Hall
  • He could have mentioned that, because he was talking about the experience that he had in guerrilla warfare in the Marine Corps.

    Warren Commission (10 of 26): Hearings Vol. X (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
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.)

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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