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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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For these countries, the surface areas under contract for dried fodder for 2005-2006 were planted predominantly with alfalfa (98% in France, 97% in Spain and 75% in Italy).
The RJD supremo is already lodged in Birsa Munda jail in Ranchi since December 23, 2017, in connection with the second case of fodder scam related to illegal withdrawal of Rs 89.
STABILISE MILK OUTPUT"We try to produce as much fodder for the herd as possible but water is the biggest challenge currently.
Her death came barely two days before he was convicted in the fodder scam.
Backed by all the tests that we have conducted on Panicum fodder, we are confident that it's a good quality fodder which can be grown with brackish water,' he said.
The Secretary of State has also indicated that the average fodder and pasture acreage is estimated in Tunisia at about 330 thousand hectares of which 50,000 hectares irrigated contributing 30% to meeting the needs livestock.
The fodder fluctuations are now proverbial; one finds it difficult to find a buyer in the summers and one does not find a seller in the winters.
Commonly fodder is used as a best feed for livestock but in the periods of fodder shortage there must be some another source of feed for livestock.
The availability and production of fodder species mainly depend on the climate and soil, with quality varying due to seasonal changes (Bruzon, 2007).
Freshly sprouted fodder might be just what you are looking for, especially if you live in a cold or dry climate and cannot pasture your animals year-round, or if you don't have extensive pasture space.
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.
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Fodder or animal feed is an agricultural food stuff used specifically to feed domesticated livestock such as cattle goats sheep horses chickens and pigs.
Peshawar -- Pakistan Army has undertaken massive steps to enhance the delivery of fodder for the cattles of IDPs and protecting them from deadly diseases.
The Government of Kyrgyzstan has decided to close the borders to prevent export of fodder crops and to keep livestock as a result, according to Minister of Agriculture and Melioration Taalaibek Aidaraliyev.