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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 of war game
1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • This money equipped and furnished the gymnasium in the tower, the room now devoted to the war-game.

  • Not so bad for a nation quite new to the war-game and living three thousand miles beyond the horizon!

    Out To Win Coningsby Dawson
  • I described our life on the desert and told something of the war-game as I had seen it played.

    From the Bottom Up Alexander Irvine
  • His sons, being given rather to sword-play and the war-game, died before him.

    The White Plumes of Navarre Samuel Rutherford Crockett
  • It was, of course, as every naval expert could have demonstrated on the war-game board, an impossible thing to do.

    The Secret of the League Ernest Bramah
  • But the trouble with the Belgians was that they didn't play the war-game according to the rules in the book.

    Fighting in Flanders E. Alexander Powell
British Dictionary definitions for war-game

war game

a notional tactical exercise for training military commanders, in which no military units are actually deployed
a game in which model soldiers are used to create battles, esp past battles, in order to study tactics
(intransitive) to prepare for battle by considering possible tactics and enemy responses
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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