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    Question "To swap war stories"

    Hi,

    does "to swap war stories" mean
    "exchange our experiences"?

    For example, "Let's meet over beer and
    swap war stories.
    "

    Also, is it an AmE expression or is it also
    used in the UK?

    Thanks

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    Re: "To swap war stories"

    In AmE this phrase means "exchange [similar] experiences," just like you thought. They are usually experiences dealing with overcoming difficulties.

    Teachers or students may "swap war stories" about their classroom experiences.

    Spectators at a tennis match couldn't "swap war stories" about what pleasant afternoons they had.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    In AmE this phrase means "exchange [similar] experiences," just like you thought. They are usually experiences dealing with overcoming difficulties.
    Teachers or students may "swap war stories" about their classroom experiences.
    Spectators at a tennis match couldn't "swap war stories" about what pleasant afternoons they had.
    OK, I understand it clearly now. Thank you
    for elucidating the difference.

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