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cannon fodder

Syllabification: can·non fod·der

Definition of cannon fodder in English:

noun

Soldiers regarded merely as material to be expended in war.
Example sentences
  • 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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