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See also: Sabotage
- A deliberate action aimed at weakening an enemy through subversion, obstruction, disruption, and/or destruction.
- (military) An act or acts with intent to injure, interfere with, or obstruct the national defense of a country by willfully injuring or destroying, or attempting to injure or destroy, any national defense or war materiel, premises, or utilities, to include human and natural resources.
deliberate action of subversion, obstruction, disruption, destruction
act with intent to injure
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- to deliberately destroy or damage something in order to prevent it from being successful
- The railway line had been sabotaged by enemy commandos
- 2014, Paul Doyle, "Southampton hammer eight past hapless Sunderland in barmy encounter", The Guardian, 18 October 2014:
- Five minutes later, Southampton tried to mount their first attack, but Wickham sabotaged the move by tripping the rampaging Nathaniel Clyne, prompting the referee, Andre Marriner, to issue a yellow card. That was a lone blemish on an otherwise tidy start by Poyet’s team – until, that is, the 12th minute, when Vergini produced a candidate for the most ludicrous own goal in Premier League history.
deliberate destruction to prevent success
- ^ JP 1-02 Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms.
sabotage m (plural sabotages)
- "sabotage" in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).