Meaning of “out of action” in the English Dictionary

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"out of action" in British English

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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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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