a battle of nerves

a battle of nerves

Psychological warfare used to wear down an adversary's resolve through fear tactics. Election cycles have become a battle of nerves as both parties continually try to scare the voters into electing their representative. Please tell me we're not back to engaging in a battle of nerves with that country over nuclear weapons. The dictator's threats against the sovereign nation he was trying to conquer became a battle of nerves as the citizens worried about the future of their country.
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