war of nerveswar of nerves
a conflict or campaign characterized by intimidation, bluffing, etc. to wear down or demoralize an opponent
war of nerves
nounpl. wars of nerves
A conflict characterized by intimidation, threats, or other psychological tactics intended to confuse, exhaust, and demoralize an adversary.
(plural wars of nerves)
- (idiomatic) Warfare or other physical conflict in which one or more combatting parties use especially demoralizing and frightening tactics to attempt to unnerve their opponents.
- (idiomatic, by extension) A situation in which opposed parties refrain from direct conflict but maintain a tense, contentious relationship in which each uses annoyances or intimidating psychological tactics to attempt to dishearten and unnerve the other.