walking wounded


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walking wounded

1. n. soldiers who are injured but still able to walk. (Standard English.) Many of the walking wounded helped with the more seriously injured cases.
2. n. a person who is injured—mentally or physically—and still able to go about daily life. The outpatient clinic was filled with the walking wounded.
3. n. stupid people in general. Most of network programming seems to be aimed at the walking wounded of our society.
See also: walking, wound

walking wounded

Injured individuals who are of relatively low priority for care, that is, do not need a stretcher or immediate treatment. The term originated in the mid-1900s and alluded to victims of war, earthquake, or some other disaster. In time, it was being used figuratively. For example, Reuters correspondent Nick Zieminski wrote, “Many workers around the world have given up hopes of advancing in their jobs. . . . Such ‘walking wounded’ workers are increasingly exchanging ambition for job stability. . . .” (March 16, 2010). An even looser usage is that of James Lee Burke in The Glass Rainbow (2010), “His face looked poached and twenty years older than his age. ‘Stop staring at me like that,’ he said. . . . ‘You stop acting like I’m the walking wounded.’”
See also: walking, wound
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Fire crews had to cut one person free from a vehicle, while two others were described as "walking wounded".
Walking wounded. Two years old taken to hospital for observations."
A spokesman for Police Scotland said: "Two males were injured as a result, but they were both walking wounded and not seriously hurt.
Four were left with minor injuries and taken to local hospitals while another two were described as walking wounded.
People helped walking wounded away as ambulances with sirens wailing inched their way through the traffic-clogged streets of the city centre.
"There is one person who is walking wounded and very lucky not to have been seriously injured."
Also, scores of walking wounded were taxied to the nearest hospitals (Acci and General).
He was placed on a spinal board as a precautionary measure and was described by ambulance crews as "walking wounded."
Red Cross volunteers played the role of the walking wounded and critically injured.
One person was thought to have been trapped in a vehicle as a result of the accident, while three others were described as "walking wounded".
The bus driver suffered serious leg and chest injuries while five of his 16 passengers were described as "walking wounded" and treated in hospital.
The Temporary Minor Injuries Unit (TMIU) will provide treatment to the walking wounded, patients suffering with minor illness and minor medical conditions and revellers who have had too much to drink.
South West Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust described casualties as "walking wounded".