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A corruption of skirmish.



scrimmage (plural scrimmages)

  1. A rough fight.
    get caught up in a scrimmage
    • 1919, W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, chapter 47
      There was an instant of complete silence, but when Tough Bill threw himself on Strickland the lust of battle seized them all, and in a moment there was a confused scrimmage. Tables were overturned, glasses crashed to the ground.
  2. (US) In some team sports, especially soccer, a practice game which does not count on a team's record.
  3. In American football or Canadian football, a play that begins with a snap from the center while opposing teams are on either side of a line of scrimmage.



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scrimmage (third-person singular simple present scrimmages, present participle scrimmaging, simple past and past participle scrimmaged)

  1. To have, or be involved in, a scrimmage.
    We scrimmaged a few times and then settled into boring drills.