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cannon fodder

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noun

soldiers, especially infantrymen, who run the greatest risk of being wounded or killed in warfare.

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Origin of cannon fodder

First recorded in 1890–95
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cannon fodder

noun

men regarded as expendable because they are part of a huge army
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