hors de combat

[awr duh kawn-ba]
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Historical Examples of hors de combat

  • 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

Word Origin for hors de combat

literally: out of (the) fight
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Word Origin and History for hors de combat

1757, French, literally "out of combat."

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