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English definition of “out of action”

out of action

C1 If a machine or vehicle is out of action, it is not working or cannot be used: I'm afraid the TV's out of action. C1 If a person is out of action, they are injured or ill and cannot do things they usually do: Jackson's torn ligaments will keep him out of action for the rest of the season.
(Definition of out of action from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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