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walking wounded

casualties, as of a military conflict, who are wounded but ambulatory.
Informal. persons who have been damaged or defeated psychologically or emotionally by their experiences in life.
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First recorded in 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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walking wounded

noun phrase

Persons who are injured, esp in a psychological or spiritual way, but still functional; depressed people: by the end of the year the salesmen are ''walking wounded'', just plain going bonkers

[1960s+; fr a WWI military medical term for a wounded person who is ambulatory]

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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