any underhand interference with production, work, etc., in a plant, factory, etc., as by enemy agents during wartime or by employees during a trade dispute.
any undermining of a cause.
to injure or attack by sabotage.
- un·sab·o·taged, adjective
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How to use sabotage in a sentence
In a briefing on Tuesday, the prime minister said he may introduce measures like price controls to prevent economic sabotage.Malaysia’s emergency declaration means prime minister can dodge election until pandemic ends | Claire Zillman, reporter | January 12, 2021 | Fortune
Brittleness requires AI to learn a certain level of flexibility, but sabotage—or “adversarial attacks”—is becoming an increasingly recognized problem.2021 Could Be a Banner Year for AI—If We Solve These 4 Problems | Shelly Fan | January 5, 2021 | Singularity Hub
However, there is no public information about this terrorist group or about the sabotage attributed to it.A hunger strike in San Isidro, the protest that does not let Havana sleep | Maykel González Vivero | November 30, 2020 | Washington Blade
Machel died in a 1986 plane crash in nearby South Africa, an incident widely believed to have been an act of sabotage by the country’s apartheid government.How ‘A Luta Continua’ Became the Rallying Slogan for African Revolutions | Eromo Egbejule | October 9, 2020 | Ozy
This not only was seen as election sabotage, but it pointlessly jeopardized paychecks, Medicare payments, and deliveries of needed pharmaceuticals to patients.
Extra security was also set up along the lines to monitor other signs of potential sabotage.
With Lindsay Lohan, we were watching the horror show of self-sabotage, and grappled with our role in feeding into it.Amanda Bynes Has a ‘Microchip’ in Her Brain. Why Are We Fascinated By This? | Kevin Fallon | October 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Grassroots organizing accompanied an agenda of legislative sabotage led by the Republican congressional hierarchy.
But was it necessary to try to sabotage her career and her book and spend hours of our own lives trying to make her life hell?It's Dangerous to Go Alone: Why Are Gamers So Angry? | Arthur Chu | August 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Americans and the Israelis have worked to sabotage German gear that Iran has tried to purchase on the black market.One Big Reason The CIA Spied on Germany: Worries About Russian Moles in Berlin | Eli Lake | July 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This was a simple matter when the strikers were guilty of trespass, arson, or sabotage.A History of Trade Unionism in the United States | Selig Perlman
sabotage places human life—and especially the life of the only useful class—higher than all else in the universe.
And you can search that book until you are black in the face and you won't find a word in there about sabotage.
But whether you believe sabotage to be good, bad, or indifferent, really is not vital in this case except as a circumstance.
sabotage is as broad and changing as industry, as flexible as the imagination and passions of humanity.'
British Dictionary definitions for sabotage
the deliberate destruction, disruption, or damage of equipment, a public service, etc, as by enemy agents, dissatisfied employees, etc
any similar action or behaviour
(tr) to destroy, damage, or disrupt, esp by secret means
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