Out of action due to injury or damage: their pilots had been rendered temporarily hors de combat
More example sentences
- These persons hors de combat are the wounded and sick, shipwrecked, prisoners of war and civilians.
- The Geneva Conventions impose on those that become hors de combat the obligation to cease all combatant actions.
- If so, they are not hors de combat and not protected from attack.
mid 18th century: French, literally 'out of the fight'.
Definition of hors de combat in:
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