Either the U.S. military intervention in Libya, March 2011, or what happens when two worms get into a fight.
Sarah Palin: I haven't heard the President say that we are at war, and that's why I too am not knowing, do we use the term 'intervention'? Do we use 'war'? Do we use 'squirmish'? What is it?

Jon Stewart: Squirmish, huh? Well, that's either some sophisticated foreign policy analysis or what happens when worms get into a fight.
by HendrikVonDresden March 30, 2011
noun:

1. When worms have a fight.

2. When Sarah Palin doesn't know a word most third graders get right on their English Vocabulary test.
1. The squirmish was bloody victory for the larger worm, with many hearts lost on both sides. The loser dried into a crust on the sidewalk, where it was idly picked at by a bird.

2. Sarah Palin: "I haven't heard the president state that we're at war. That's why I too am not knowing - do we use the term intervention? Do we use war? Do we use squirmish? What is it?"
by Heligoland43 April 1, 2011
A word that a rural, inconsequential uneducated woman uses when trying to explain foreign policy decisions that are beyond her understanding and in a country outside the view of her porch.
...do we use the word war, do we use the word intervention, do we use the word squirmish?
by mados123 March 30, 2011
A skirmish that makes Tea Partiers squeamish.
Sarah Palin was wondering if the situation in Libya was a war, or a squirmish.
by CryingPrunes March 29, 2011
physically manifesting an emotional reaction to something perceived as disgusting; recoiling uncomfortably from something perceived as offensive; combination of squirmy and squeamish
The male doctor was squirmish about performing the circumcision.
by Laura Andes October 14, 2006
A foreign conflict which cannot be labelled easily as a war or intervention.
The ex-governor of the cold, northern, non-contiguous state questioned whether the United States might be involved in a squirmish in Libya.
by Pierre Boulez March 30, 2011
A word Sarah Palin used to describe the conflict in Libya. She created it similar to the way she created the word, "Refudiate".
I haven't heard the president state that we're at war. That's why I too am not knowing -- do we use the term intervention? Do we use war? Do we use squirmish? What is it?
by 28lobster March 30, 2011