out of action


: unable to perform a usual job or function : not in action
He broke his leg and the doctors say that he'll be out of action for at least a month.

Examples of out of action in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Golladay took part in his third straight practice Friday and ran a series of routes during individual drills while showing no sign of the injury that kept him out of action the last two weeks. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 25 Sep. 2020 Thiago has missed some 65 games for Liverpool in his three seasons in England: that’s a full league season out of action, watching on from the side lines. Emmet Gates, Forbes, 3 May 2023 Turnbull has been out of action since leaving his start against the Chicago White Sox on June 4, 2021, because of forearm soreness in his pitching arm. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 24 Feb. 2023 Jae Crowder ready for his Bucks debut The Bucks acquired the Marquette University alumnus on Feb. 9, but he had been held out of action before the all-star break in order to help get in basketball condition. Jim Owczarski, Journal Sentinel, 24 Feb. 2023 With the Mauna Loa Observatory, or MLO, out of action, possibly for many weeks, experts say significant impacts to our understanding of the climate system are possible. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 9 Dec. 2022 On Tuesday, the Diamondbacks announced Kelly had a fractured right forearm, an injury that likely will keep him out of action for several months — and will immediately vault Moreno into a prominent role. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 21 Mar. 2023 Coming off a knee injury that has kept him out of action since Jan. 8, Durant was limited to 27 minutes while on a playing-time restriction. Steve Reed, ajc, 2 Mar. 2023 Casas dealt with an ankle injury last season with the WooSox that kept him out of action for more than two months. Julian McWilliams, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Dec. 2022

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“Out of action.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/out%20of%20action. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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