War-of-nerves definitions

A conflict characterized by intimidation, threats, or other psychological tactics intended to confuse, exhaust, and demoralize an adversary.
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A conflict or campaign characterized by intimidation, bluffing, etc. to wear down or demoralize an opponent.
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(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.
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(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.
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