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collateral damage


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Unintended damage, injuries, or deaths caused by an action, especially unintended civilian casualties caused by a military operation.

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  • noun (euphemism) inadvertent casualties and destruction inflicted on civilians in the course of military operations


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