out of commission

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out of commission (not comparable)

  1. Not operational or not functioning properly.
    • 1906, Mary Roberts Rinehart, The Man in Lower Ten, ch. 19,
      One pair of handcuffs will put both hands out of commission.
    • 2008, Scot Lehigh, "Making (no) sense of police details," Boston Globe, 2 Jul.,
      A traffic light was out of commission, leaving motorists to sort their way through an occasionally busy intersection.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Sometimes used in the expression "to put out of commission," meaning "to make inoperative."