collateral damage

collateral damage
Unintentional or incidental injury or damage to persons or objects that would not be lawful military targets in the circumstances ruling at the time. Such damage is not unlawful so long as it is not excessive in light of the overall military advantage anticipated from the attack.

Military dictionary. 2000.

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  • collateral damage —    Accidental or unintended damage or casualties are collateral damage.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

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  • Collateral damage —   Accidental or unintended damage or casualties are collateral damage …   Dictionary of English idioms

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