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cannon fodder

Troops that are deemed expendable and thus given the most dangerous assignments (in which they are likely to be killed by artillery fire). I refuse to be sent to the front lines as cannon fodder!
See also: cannon

cannon fodder

COMMON
1. You call soldiers in a war cannon fodder when they are considered unimportant and are sent to fight in the most dangerous areas, where they are likely to be killed. The 55- to 65-year-olds were sent to the front as cannon-fodder. If you're a squaddie, you're regarded as cannon fodder.
2. You call people cannon fodder when they are made to do difficult, unpleasant, or dangerous tasks that their bosses do not want to do. The average member of parliament would change parties without hesitation, and is treated by his party leaders as cannon fodder. Note: Fodder is cheap food such as hay or straw that is used to feed animals.
See also: cannon

ˈcannon fodder

large numbers of soldiers who are used in order to win a war, even though most of them are likely to be killed: Their lives were not considered important — they were just the cannon fodder. ♢ (figurative) The team had no intention of being cannon fodder when they played the champions, and were determined to win.
Fodder is food for horses and farm animals.
See also: cannon
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The concept of the rulers being entitled to a ready supply of cannon fodder was destroyed by World War I, the following war was a united fight against fascist domination, not simply "for the UK", and his words are an implicit insult to all our allies who have since become independent.