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hors de combat

[awr duh kawn-ba]
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adverb, adjective French.
  1. out of the fight; disabled; no longer able to fight.
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Historical Examples

  • Fully one third of the troops which had paraded at dawn in full confidence of success were now hors-de-combat.

    Ponce de Leon

    William Pilling

  • Clouds of kites and troops of monkeys would speedily take such liberties with the fine wires as to place them hors-de-combat.

  • The fact that more than half of them were hors-de-combat showed how fiercely they had fought.


British Dictionary definitions for hors de combat

hors de combat

adjective, adverb (postpositive)
  1. disabled or injured
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Word Origin

literally: out of (the) fight
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for hors de combat

1757, French, literally "out of combat."

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