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hors de combat

[awr duh kawn-ba] /ɔr də kɔ̃ˈba/
adverb, adjective, French.
out of the fight; disabled; no longer able to fight. Unabridged
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  • 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.

    The Cornet of Horse G. A. Henty
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for hors-de-combat

hors de combat

/ɔr də kɔ̃ba/
adjective, adverb (postpositive)
disabled or injured
Word Origin
literally: out of (the) fight
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Word Origin and History for hors-de-combat

hors de combat

1757, French, literally "out of combat."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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