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walking wounded

casualties, as of a military conflict, who are wounded but ambulatory.
Informal. persons who have been damaged or defeated psychologically or emotionally by their experiences in life.
Origin of walking wounded
1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for walking wounded
  • As a bonus, the centre can also provide walking wounded and phone calls from distressed relatives.
  • Each one can carry two patients on litters and several walking wounded.
  • Later, charter buses were brought in to transfer the walking wounded to area hospitals.
  • Fifteen to twenty patients will be transported to local hospitals and there will be some walking wounded also.
Slang definitions & phrases for walking wounded

walking papers

noun phrase

A dismissal or discharge; esp, a rejection; pink slip: Two baseball veterans got their walking papers today (1820s+)

Related Terms

give someone his walking papers

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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