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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!
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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.
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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.
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References in classic literature ?
The fodder was placed on some staging erected above the stalls, so that it fell into the racks below without waste of labor or material.
How many times had Levin seen this splendid fodder wasted, and tried to get it saved; but always it had turned out to be impossible.
On reaching the crest of a swell that was a little higher than the usual elevations, he lingered a minute, and cast a half curious eye, on either hand, in quest of those well known signs, which might indicate a place, where the three grand requisites of water, fuel and fodder were to be obtained in conjunction.
Musa Tibin Musa has recognized existence of a gap in the pastures of the country He revealed that the rainfall position in Sudan was below the normal levels this year and negatively affected the pasture, pointing to the need to accelerate measures to protect livestock and replenish the fodder gap.
S hybrids of fodder in the national system of the country there will be a significant improvement in maize and fodder production in Pakistan.
This factor is expected to drive fodder growth over the forecast period.
The de-leasing of land shall be subject to an undertaking by the Government of Punjab that the de-leased land will be used exclusively for establishing a fodder farm for cattle.
The Coast Guard managed to contain a fire that broke out at a wooden ship loaded with animal fodder at Doha port Saturday afternoon.
LAHORE -- The Fodder Research Institute Sargodha has introduced corn fodder high quality variety Sargodha 2002 and its yielding capacity is about 600 maund on per acre of land.
The Supreme Court on Monday sought Lalu's response on a plea filed by CBI challenging the dropping of conspiracy charge against him by the Jharkhand High Court in a case related to the fodder scam.
The Ministry of Agriculture recently announced it plans to ban cultivation of green fodder in the Kingdom and replace it with imported animal feed, local media reported, quoting well-informed sources.
com/dictionary/cannon%20fodder) cannon fodder " is an exploitable person, group or thing-and tISIS regards its foreign fighters just like that.
8 billion) through financial scandals such as fodder scam, bitumen scams and flood scams, which rocked the state in major part of the 90s.
The leading version is some type of fungus in the fodder, with which they were fed, but the version of deliberate poisoning is not excluded.
That's the compelling beginning of Cannon Fodder, which opens with a bang (or a shatter, as the case may be) and keeps its action vivid and engrossing from its very first sentence.