Definition of the fortunes of war in US English:

the fortunes of war

phrase

  • The unpredictable, haphazard events of war.

    • ‘Don't journalists accept this as the fortunes of war?’
    • ‘The missions will grow and change to reflect the fortunes of war, and your faction's standing in the war.’
    • ‘This was an anomalous position in American law, and one that the fortunes of war and necessities of politics made frustrating.’
    • ‘It is the fortunes of war and I could just have easily have come out the other way.’
    • ‘Everything depended on risking the fortunes of war.’