out of action

out of action
1) if someone is out of action, they are injured or too ill to perform their usual activities

Her broken wrist will put her out of action for at least a month.

2) if something is out of action, it cannot be used, for example because it is broken or is being repaired or cleaned

The swimming pool is currently out of action.


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  • out of action — 1. Not working 2. Temporarily unfit to participate • • • Main Entry: ↑action * * * temporarily unable to engage in a certain activity; not working a heart attack put him out of action | the ship was out of action for 16 days * * * out of action …   Useful english dictionary

  • out of action — {adv. phr.} Useless; crippled; damaged so as to be quiescent. * /American bombers put Nazi heavy industry out of action during World War II./ * /When I broke my leg I was out of action for the entire football season./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • out of action — {adv. phr.} Useless; crippled; damaged so as to be quiescent. * /American bombers put Nazi heavy industry out of action during World War II./ * /When I broke my leg I was out of action for the entire football season./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • out of action — ► not able to be used: »The elevators were out of action and we had to walk up to his office. Main Entry: ↑out …   Financial and business terms

  • out of action — ► out of action not working. Main Entry: ↑action …   English terms dictionary

  • out\ of\ action — • be out of action • out of action adv. phr. Useless; crippled; damaged so as to be quiescent. American bombers put Nazi heavy industry out of action during World War II. When I broke my leg I was out of action for the entire football season. ••… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • out of action — • be out of action • out of action to not work or operate; to fail to function or to stop working/operating/functioning …   Idioms and examples

  • out of action — not able to work or be active. That accident forced my boss out of action for almost a month. Usage notes: also said of machines or systems: The explosion put the ship out of action …   New idioms dictionary

  • out of action — not working. → action …   English new terms dictionary

  • out of action — not working …   English contemporary dictionary

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