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"Defeat in detail" is a military phrase referring to the tactic of bringing a large portion of one's own force to bear on a small enemy unit, rather than engaging the bulk of the enemy force. This exposes one's own units to a small risk, yet allows for the destruction of an entire enemy force.


 
 

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