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hors de combat

[awr duh kawn-ba] /ɔr də kɔ̃ˈba/
adverb, adjective, French.
out of the fight; disabled; no longer able to fight. Unabridged
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  • I wouldn't have troubled you to send for me, only the tandem's hors de combat.

    Frank Fairlegh Frank E. Smedley
  • He is not hors de combat on the plain, or one could see him even ten miles off.

    The Rifle Rangers Captain Mayne Reid
  • "I am glad to say that Legrand's safe, but hors de combat," I went on.

    Hurricane Island

    H. B. Marriott Watson
  • More than two hundred were hors de combat, most of them killed.

    Famous Sea Fights John Richard Hale
  • The lecturer on Church and State was hors de combat; he was in charity with all men.

    Salem Chapel, v.1/2 Mrs. Oliphant
  • The headlight was hors de combat; only the "dimmer" would work.

  • A little while before it had been Jim's motor which was hors de combat.

    The Hero of Panama

    F. S. Brereton
  • On my way I passed a Tank which, for the time being, was hors de combat.

    How I Filmed the War Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins
  • And so far was he successful that already he had put two hors de combat.

    In the Day of Adversity John Bloundelle-Burton
  • Dr. Downie was frightened, and Panky so muddled as to be hors de combat.

    Erewhon Revisited Samuel Butler
British Dictionary definitions for hors de combat

hors de combat

/ɔr də kɔ̃ba/
adjective, adverb (postpositive)
disabled or injured
Word Origin
literally: out of (the) fight
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hors de combat

1757, French, literally "out of combat."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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