[dee-mob]Chiefly British Informal.
- to discharge (a person) from the armed forces; demobilize.
Origin of demob
First recorded in 1915–20; orig. short for demobilize
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- short for demobilize
- short for demobilizationSee demobilization
- (as modifier)a demob suit
- a soldier who has been demobilized
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1920, short for demobilize. Originally in reference to World War I troops returning to civilian life. Related: Demobbed.
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