Meaning of “cannon fodder” in the English Dictionary


"cannon fodder" in English

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cannon foddernoun [ U ]

uk /ˈkæn.ən ˌfɒd.ər/ us /ˈkæn.ən ˌfɑː.dɚ/

Examples from literature

  • Don't allow them to use you as cannon fodder. 
  • I would not have them shot.' Much has been made of a statement that I declared that men were fit for something better than slavery and cannon fodder. 
  • The common people—the cannon fodder, the men who would die, and the women who would weep: they should be given something more than the privilege of either cheering platform patriots or being summoned for interrupting public meetings. 
  • Wasn't he a bigger asset to America as an alive engineer, an expert in his work, than as mere cannon fodder, one of thousands to be shot into junk in a morning's "activity"—just one of them? 

(Definition of “cannon fodder” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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