Meaning of shooting war in English:

shooting war


  • A war in which there is armed conflict as opposed to mere threats, propaganda, or sanctions.

    ‘Since 1749, wholesale prices rose 1.4 percent per year on average, but 12 percent in war years - including shooting wars, the Cold War - while declining 1.3 percent annually in peacetime.’
    • ‘What is the only shooting war that NATO has fought?’
    • ‘Like radioactive fallout, the affects of cyber warfare can devastate economies and civilizations long after the shooting war is over.’
    • ‘More important, the United States had for the previous eight months been involved in a shooting war in France in which a large number of American boys had been killed.’
    • ‘We don't have enough men in that country if a full shooting war erupts again, and I would rather someone else deal with it.’
    • ‘Is our doctrine geared to serve the funding war more than the shooting war?’
    • ‘Coalition allies create a tense identification crisis in the heated fog of a shooting war.’
    • ‘As for the shooting war, some military commentators have compared its ease to drowning puppies.’
    • ‘Still, the requirements of an occupation, as opposed to a shooting war, are unarguably personnel heavy.’
    • ‘Nobody can deny that competitive currency devaluations and trade wars, not to mention shooting wars, are presently a threat to our survival and welfare.’
    • ‘Exporting your economic problems almost always seems like an attractive solution - until it leads to a trade war, which can lead to a shooting war.’
    • ‘But even when not engaged in a shooting war, soldiers get screwed up.’
    • ‘It's the theme that runs through the head of every combat veteran, especially as the shooting war peters out.’
    • ‘As long as we have a credible deterrent they won't get into a shooting war they will probably lose.’
    • ‘Most African states and rebel movements are too poor and weak to conduct sustained shooting wars.’
    • ‘We saw it pick up right at the beginning of the shooting war.’
    • ‘We train for a shooting war, but our fate was to defend the United States.’
    • ‘They could not keep those things in the air even if a shooting war was on.’
    • ‘The shooting war that started at the beginning of August ended in a muddied peace in 1918-19, which helped precipitate the Depression of the 1930s, then World War II.’
    • ‘But as the bombs fall, and the shooting war (declared or undeclared) begins, these questions are ultimately left behind, and the same rules for armed conflict govern cyber attacks.’