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collateral damage -- as in: collateral damage in the battle
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as in: collateral damage in the battle Define
unintentional damage to life or property -- usually as a result of an act of war
  • They risked bombing from low altitude to try to minimize collateral damage.
  • He is liable for direct damage both to your chimneys and any collateral damage caused by fall of bricks into garden, etc.
    Kipling, Rudyard  --  Actions and Reactions
  • Collateral damage, Rafa had said.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • Collateral Damage got me through a devastating breakup senior year of college.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went

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  • Which led to all the collateral damage …. which made her feel like Godzilla.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • Should we send a drone to kill him, considering the likelihood of moderate collateral damage?
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Or we can worry about collateral damage, run into the woods, and leave the wights and their dogs to hunt us down one by one.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • More like me are coming, and I can guarantee the collateral damage they do will make what I did to your friend seem downright charitable.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • It should be enough time to ensure minimal collateral damage.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • There will be collateral damage, injuries and deaths we can’t avoid, as Maven put it.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen

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  • Sometimes there’s collateral damage
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • That was his claim, at the time—now I think he probably felt the collateral damage was worth the end result.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • Paula Many of the refugees in Clarkston had been displaced by events far removed from their immediate lives—the decision of some despot hundreds of miles away to clear a region of a particular ethnic or political group in order to seize its resources, or the sudden appearance of soldiers in a village, fighting for a remote cause with no concern for collateral damage.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • To call them ’collateral damage’ and not even try to count the numbers of the dead.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • C#58 CHAPTER 58 The coyly nicknamed explosive Key4 had been developed by Special Forces specifically for opening locked doors with minimal collateral damage.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • She had not wanted their family to become collateral damage in a war that had no discernible fronts, no real shape, and no rules.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • Sully’s attack on CO Smythe had just been collateral damage, meant to shake up the staffing on our tier so that part two of the plan could be carried out.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • It would be impossible to target one without causing collateral damage in the crowds of tourists.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • At the time, I was told that there had been so much devastation in the city that they didn’t want any more collateral damage.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • Loss of life from collateral damage could reach into the hundreds of thou-sands if full-scale riots break out after this goes down tomorrow.
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • Ultimately the answers to these questions will be marketing decisions, but decisions that could have social side effects, or, in Pentagonese, collateral damage.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • All the money Baba had spent, all those nights he’d sweated over the blueprints, all the visits to the construction site to make sure every brick, every beam, and every block was laid just right… "Collateral damage," Rahim Khan said.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • Collateral damage, he thought.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • Collateral damage, the unavoidable fallout from his and Celine’s admittedly distant relationship.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
  • Did you just call your own brother collateral damage?
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • And then comes Collateral Damage.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Your pictures come from high in the sky, where your collateral damage is safely hidden from the public eye.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
  • Collateral Damage came out two years ago, and within a month of its release, the single "Animate" had broken onto the national charts and gone viral.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Ryan sat alone under the steady gaze of the camera’s red blinking light and the handiwork of collateral damage.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
  • You know, everyone seems to attribute the harder sound to the fact that Gus Allen produced Collateral Damage.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Collateral Damage is your record.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Like your lyrics, all those grisly images on Collateral Damage.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Within four months, we were recording Collateral Damage, comprised of fifteen of the songs I’d written from the chasm of my childhood bedroom.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Within a year, Collateral Damage was on the Billboard charts and Shooting Star was on the cover of national magazines.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • And that had been the last I’d seen of Brooke until the crazy time after Collateral Damage went double platinum.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Shooting Star kind of disappears and then Collateral Damage, I mean, the lyrics are just so full of pain and anger and betrayal at being left behind….
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • "Collateral damage," Ryan corrected.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
  • The children that Kahlid equated with collateral damage in Iraq.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
  • If Kahlid hadn’t accomplished his objective of changing America’s mind by personalizing the collateral damage, he had succeeded in altering Ryan’s mind.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
  • Beyond pointing out the obvious connection between the U.S. military bombing Iraq and the unfortunate collateral damage resulting from war, Kahlid had little to gain.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
  • Collateral damage.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
  • Because of the fear of collateral damage, command and the pilots were reluctant to use bombs.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • Needle and thread, flesh and bone Spit and sinew, heartbreak is home Your suture lines sparkle like diamonds Bright stars to light my confinement "STITCH" COLLATERAL DAMAGE, TRACK 7 Aldous leaves me in front of my hotel.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Collateral Damage was written with Mia’s blood on my hands, and that was the record that launched me.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Recording Collateral Damage was cathartic.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Adam, do you see Collateral Damage as having a single narrative?
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • When I got back from the Collateral Damage tour, I almost quit the band.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Collateral Damage was due to come out in September, and the label planned a modest tour in the late fall, but Aldous had different ideas.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Collateral damage is a part of what we do to achieve justice.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
  • Minimal collateral damage?
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
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as in: collateral for a loan Define
something of value pledged for the repayment of a loan
as in: collateral evidence Define
accompanying or connected in some way, but less important
as in: collateral damage in the battle Define
unintentional damage to life or property -- usually as a result of an act of war
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