be out of action

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be out of action

1. To be ill or injured and thus unable to do one's normal activities. I was out of action there for a while, but I'm feeling much better after my hospital stay. Our new defenseman does have a broken leg, so he'll be out of action for months.
2. Of a machine, to be not working at all, or malfunctioning in some way. Our washer is out of action, so I'm on my way to the laundromat. Mom called the repairman because our TV is out of action again.
See also: action, of, out
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The Angels center fielder, who was out of action last week with a sore left foot and shoulder, went 2 for 3 with a run scored as the designated hitter.