- Deliberately destroy, damage, or obstruct (something), especially for political or military advantage: power lines from South Africa were sabotaged by rebel forcesMore example sentences
wreck, deliberately damage, vandalize, destroy, obstruct, disrupt, cripple, impair, incapacitateundermine, filibuster, impair, damage, threaten, subvertBritish • informal throw a spanner in the works of, mullerNorth American • informal throw a monkey wrench in the works of
- 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.
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- The action of sabotaging something: a coordinated campaign of sabotageMore example sentences
wrecking, deliberate damage, vandalism, destruction, obstruction, disruption, crippling, impairment, incapacitation• rare ecotagespoiling, ruining, wrecking, undermining, filibustering, impairment, damage, subversionBritish • informal a spanner in the worksNorth American • informal a monkey wrench in the works
- Their arrest is only one of an increasing number of arrests in which Germans have been suspected of planning similar acts of sabotage.
- Acts of sabotage and non-cooperation undermined the Nazis' attempts to exploit the resources of Denmark.
- He reported that in September there were 534 acts of sabotage against railroads as compared to a monthly average of 130 during the first half of the year.
early 20th century: from French, from saboter 'kick with sabots, wilfully destroy' (see sabot).