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noun [countable] guerrilla pronunciation in British English /ɡəˈrɪlə/ 
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  1. a member of a military group that is not official and usually wants to change a political situation. Their main method is to make unexpected attacks in small groups.
    1. a.
      [only before noun] using unexpected methods of attack to surprise the enemy

      guerrilla groups/fighters/leaders

      guerrilla warfare:

      The enemy avoided direct confrontation and concentrated on guerrilla warfare.

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