Hors de combat

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hors de combat Out of the combat; disabled from fighting; out of action.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Usage

In literature:

Some of our men will, I presume, be put HORS DE COMBAT.
"The Scarlet Pimpernel" by Baroness Orczy
I have taken a heavy cold and am, alas, HORS DE COMBAT.
"Bab: A Sub-Deb" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
Sumter was still 'hors de combat' from his wound.
"The Life of Francis Marion" by William Gilmore Simms
Bran was completely HORS DE COMBAT; and Smut, having lost nearly all his teeth, was of no use singlehanded with such an enemy.
"The Rifle and The Hound in Ceylon" by Samuel White Baker
Here the favourite himself is hors de combat, as well as Dardanelles, and a crowd of lesser celebrities.
"Sybil or the Two Nations" by Benjamin Disraeli
Very well, he puts himself hors de combat to save his bones.
"Evan Harrington, Complete" by George Meredith
Sophy was hors de combat, far too unwell to think of making one of the party.
"The Young Step-Mother" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Nearly one-fourth of Jackson's infantry was hors de combat, and he had lost two guns.
"Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War" by G. F. R. Henderson
They are what they call hors de combat in French.
"Dere Mable" by Edward Streeter
He led the way to the room where he had so recently placed Davis hors de combat, but there was no Davis there.
"The Boy Allies Under the Sea" by Robert L. Drake
Thus Alexander had less than 1000 men placed hors de combat.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 5. (of 7): Persia" by George Rawlinson
The fact that more than half of them were hors-de-combat showed how fiercely they had fought.
"The Cornet of Horse" by G. A. Henty
The situation was again safe, but the plan to put the French army hors de combat was far from having been realized.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 5, August, 1915" by Various
A large number of his troopers had been killed and wounded, or rendered hors de combat in other ways.
"Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman" by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
Whether the man was killed or not tradition does not say, but he was rendered hors de combat.
"The Strange Story of Harper's Ferry" by Joseph Barry
The result was that sex conditions told, and the women, without exception, were put hors de combat.
"The Empire Makers" by Hume Nesbit
Fully one third of the troops which had paraded at dawn in full confidence of success were now hors-de-combat.
"Ponce de Leon" by William Pilling
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