cannon fodder

noun
|Updated on: 8 Jun 2018

Definition of cannon fodder

1 : soldiers regarded or treated as expendable in battle
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.

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First Known Use of cannon fodder

circa 1888

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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CANNON FODDER Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of cannon fodder for English Language Learners

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


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