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collateral damage


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. damage caused by a military operation, such as a bombing, to objects or persons not themselves the intended target of the attack.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


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