war game

noun Military.
a simulated military operation, carried out to test the validity of a war plan or operational concept: in its simplest form, two opposing teams of officers take part, and when necessary, military units of the required strength are employed.

Origin:
1820–30

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war game
 
n
1.  a notional tactical exercise for training military commanders, in which no military units are actually deployed
2.  a game in which model soldiers are used to create battles, esp past battles, in order to study tactics
 
vb
3.  (intr) to prepare for battle by considering possible tactics and enemy responses

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