Definition of cannon fodder in English:

cannon fodder

Line breaks: can¦non fod¦der

noun

[mass noun]
  • Soldiers regarded merely as material to be expended in war: they ended up serving as cannon fodder in Vietnam
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    • Wars are lost when the leadership regards its soldiers as cannon fodder.
    • Brainwashed by the Nazis, conscripted and sent to fight a war that he at first eagerly embraced, Metelmann was the universal soldier - both cannon fodder and killer.
    • Also, the Russian commanders had no wish to be used as cannon fodder and tried to discuss ways in which all anti-communist forces might unite against Stalin.

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