Definition of sabotage in English:


Line breaks: sabo|tage
Pronunciation: /ˈsabətɑːʒ


[with object]
  • Deliberately destroy, damage, or obstruct (something), especially for political or military advantage: power lines from South Africa were sabotaged by rebel forces
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    • They were prepared to sabotage the Soviet war machine in the event of a Warsaw Pact-NATO conflict.
    • At first Isak deliberately sabotages the intruder's research by preparing his food in his bedroom, or in other ways changing his habits.
    • Russian partisans sabotaged railways, destroyed trucks and killed hundreds of Germans in ambush.
    wreck, deliberately damage, vandalize, destroy, obstruct, disrupt, cripple, impair, incapacitatedisrupt, spoil, ruin, wreck, undermine, filibuster, impair, damage, threaten, subvert
    British informal throw a spanner in the works of, muller
    North American informal throw a monkey wrench in the works of


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early 20th century: from French, from saboter 'kick with sabots, wilfully destroy' (see sabot).

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