Definition of be in the wars in English:

be in the wars

phrase

informal
  • Be (or have been) injured.

    ‘Roebuck continues to be in the wars and suffered a broken jaw’
    • ‘He produced an absolutely stunning performance in Monday's third round when he was in the wars at the bend and was six lengths behind Jet Spray at halfway.’
    • ‘Both were in the wars during the quite torrid clash with Clare in Ennis last weekend.’
    • ‘Noel Casey, who was in the wars in the first minute when he was the victim of a wild ‘pull’ soloed through for the second before Damien Roberts got Carlow off the mark.’
    • ‘Waterford jockey, David Casey, was in the wars again last week as he suffered a very bad fall at Fairyhouse which will put him out of action for quite a while.’
    • ‘I hesitate to mention this when poor Gert is in the wars, but I have hurt myself.’
    • ‘Lesley is in the wars again this time with a smashed wisdom tooth.’
    • ‘Cookridge youth Joe ‘Bomber’ Dabill was coughing and sneezing throughout the contest, and his father Mal was in the wars after fitting the wrong near tyre.’
    • ‘Withers isn't the only player who has been in the wars.’
    • ‘A woman held hostage by gunmen in Iraq for 24 hours is on her way home today - but will be in the wars with her mum!’
    • ‘Embsay were in the wars when they entertained Denholme, who were making their first visit to Shires Lane.’