out of action

out of action
out of action
1. Not working
2. Temporarily unfit to participate
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Main Entry:action

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temporarily unable to engage in a certain activity; not working

a heart attack put him out of action | the ship was out of action for 16 days

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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 [=out of commission] for at least a month.

His broken leg will put/keep him out of action for at least a month.

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Main Entry:action

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out of ˈaction idiom
not able to work or be used because of injury or damage

Jon will be out of action for weeks with a broken leg.

The photocopier is out of action today.

Main entry:actionidiom

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  • out of action — {adv. phr.} Useless; crippled; damaged so as to be quiescent. * /American bombers put Nazi heavy industry out of action during World War II./ * /When I broke my leg I was out of action for the entire football season./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • out of action — {adv. phr.} Useless; crippled; damaged so as to be quiescent. * /American bombers put Nazi heavy industry out of action during World War II./ * /When I broke my leg I was out of action for the entire football season./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • out of action — ► not able to be used: »The elevators were out of action and we had to walk up to his office. Main Entry: ↑out …   Financial and business terms

  • out of action — ► out of action not working. Main Entry: ↑action …   English terms dictionary

  • out\ of\ action — • be out of action • out of action adv. phr. Useless; crippled; damaged so as to be quiescent. American bombers put Nazi heavy industry out of action during World War II. When I broke my leg I was out of action for the entire football season. ••… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • out of action — 1) if someone is out of action, they are injured or too ill to perform their usual activities Her broken wrist will put her out of action for at least a month. 2) if something is out of action, it cannot be used, for example because it is broken… …   English dictionary

  • out of action — • be out of action • out of action to not work or operate; to fail to function or to stop working/operating/functioning …   Idioms and examples

  • out of action — not able to work or be active. That accident forced my boss out of action for almost a month. Usage notes: also said of machines or systems: The explosion put the ship out of action …   New idioms dictionary

  • out of action — not working. → action …   English new terms dictionary

  • out of action — not working …   English contemporary dictionary

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