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cannon fodder

soldiers, especially infantrymen, who run the greatest risk of being wounded or killed in warfare.
Origin of cannon fodder
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He thought of George as clay to the hand of a sergeant, not as cannon fodder.

    The Soul of Susan Yellam Horace Annesley Vachell
  • England utilizes the refuse of her domestic establishment as cannon fodder.

  • An abundance of cannon fodder is essential to the success of the scheme.

    The Fruits of Victory Norman Angell
  • When misfortune and lack of cannon fodder oppressed him, Napoleon became again the practical man not blinded by his supremacy.

    Battle Studies Charles-Jean-Jacques-Joseph Ardant du Picq
  • Their opponents sneeringly referred to them as "cannon fodder," and made jokes about "that big bore Cannon."

    Hail to the Chief Gordon Randall Garrett
  • But here appeared the cannon fodder demanding to be shot down in its craze for Triumphant Germany.

    Villa Elsa Stuart Henry
British Dictionary definitions for cannon fodder

cannon fodder

men regarded as expendable because they are part of a huge army
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for cannon fodder

cannon fodder

noun phrase

  1. Common soldiers, esp young and relatively untrained infantry soldiers; bullet bait
  2. ny relatively low-ranking employee, associate, etc: But I'm still cannon fodder when the crunch comes (1930s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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