cannon fodder

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From cannon + fodder (food for livestock), i.e. food for enemy cannon fire.

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cannon fodder (uncountable)

  1. Military forces considered to be expendable.
    • 1930, Frank Richards, The Magnet, Victory for the Rebels
      "A foolish old half-pay officer," boomed Sir Hilton. "Go back to your club, sir, and play bridge with other superannuated cannon-fodder, sir."
  2. (rare) Artillery ammunition.

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