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cannon fodder

noun

Simple Definition of cannon fodder

  • : soldiers who are sent into battle even though it is likely that they will die

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cannon fodder

  1. 1 :  soldiers regarded or treated as expendable in battle

  2. 2 :  an expendable or exploitable person, group, or thing <celebrities who have become cannon fodder for the tabloids>

Examples of cannon fodder in a sentence

  1. The poorly trained forces are little more than cannon fodder.



Circa 1891

First Known Use of cannon fodder

circa 1891

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