Cannon-fodder



soldiers, especially infantrymen, who run the greatest risk of being wounded or killed in warfare.
Historical Examples

Adventures of a Despatch Rider W. H. L. Watson
Dangerous Days Mary Roberts Rinehart
Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 153, Sept. 19, 1917 Various
The Nameless Castle Maurus Jkai
Battle Studies Charles-Jean-Jacques-Joseph Ardant du Picq
The Day of Wrath Louis Tracy

noun
men regarded as expendable because they are part of a huge army

Common soldiers, esp young and relatively untrained infantry soldiers; bullet bait
ny relatively low-ranking employee, associate, etc: But I’m still cannon fodder when the crunch comes (1930s+)

Tagged:

Read Also:

  • Cannonade

    a continued discharge of cannon, especially during an attack. an attack, as of invective or censure, suggestive of cannon fire; barrage. to attack continuously with or as if with cannon. to discharge like continuous cannon fire. Contemporary Examples The Wrong Election Takeaways From Christie’s Win, Virginia, and More Michael Tomasky November 6, 2013 Historical Examples […]

  • Cannonading

    a continued discharge of cannon, especially during an attack. an attack, as of invective or censure, suggestive of cannon fire; barrage. to attack continuously with or as if with cannon. to discharge like continuous cannon fire. Historical Examples Red Fleece Will Levington Comfort The Long Roll Mary Johnston War Days in Brittany Elsie Deming Jarves […]



  • Cannonball-pulse

    cannonball pulse

  • Cannonball-tree

    a South American tree, Couroupita guianensis, bearing round, woody-husked fruit whose shells are used to make containers and utensils.



Disclaimer: Cannon-fodder definition / meaning should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional. All content on this website is for informational purposes only.