war of nerves

war of nerves
noun
the use of psychological tactics to destroy the opponents' morale
Hypernyms: ↑war, ↑warfare

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: psychological tactics of assailing the morale of an opponent by broadcasting propaganda, spreading rumors through secret agents or neutral channels, or otherwise creating mental confusion and indecision

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a conflict using psychological techniques, as propaganda, threats, and false rumors, rather than direct violence, in order to confuse, thwart, or intimidate an enemy.
[1935-40]

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war of nerves see under ↑war1
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Main Entry:nerve
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war of nerves noun
Systematic attempts to undermine morale by means of threats, rumours and counter-rumours, etc
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Main Entry:war

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battle/war/of nerves phrase
a competition or fight in which someone tries to beat their opponent by making them worried or afraid
Thesaurus: sports events and competitionshyponym general words relating to sports and gamessynonym
Main entry: nerve

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war of nerves,
a conflict in which tension is built up by intimidation, propaganda, or obstructive or delaying tactics rather than by use or threat of violence: »

Both sides are digging in for a war of nerves with each determined to wait out the other to get the price it wants (Wall Street Journal).

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I
a struggle in which opponents try to wear each other down by psychological means
II
see nerve

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war of nerves
: a situation in which people do or say things to make other people feel afraid or nervous about what will happen

The company and the union are engaged in a war of nerves, with each side threatening the other.

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Main Entry:nerve
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war of nerves — see nerve
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Main Entry:war

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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