Definition of demob in English:



[with object]British
  • Demobilize (troops)

    ‘there were four million men being demobbed’
    • ‘Having served all over Europe he was demobbed back to the US in 1946 and stayed there until he returned to Ireland in 1952.’
    • ‘He left the movie world to join the army, but when he was demobbed he resumed his career with a job at the Royal.’
    • ‘Bill had served in the army during the First World War and, after he was demobbed, spent his gratuity on some cabins and some poultry he kept on a three-acre field his mother had left him.’
    • ‘When I think of those days in 1943 when the Women's Auxiliary Air Force was calling girls up at the rate of a thousand a week, it makes me wonder where they all disappeared to after being demobbed.’
    • ‘After being demobbed, Columbanus remembers his happiness standing on O'Connell Bridge, being back home and ready to marry and get on with his life.’
    • ‘Within ten weeks of the implementation of this new system, 56 per cent of officers and 78 per cent of men eligible for release were demobbed.’
    • ‘The picture was taken in the late Forties, when her father had been demobbed from the Royal Artillery.’
    • ‘A lot of people kept coming through, new drafts as well as those being demobbed.’
    • ‘He served until the war ended in 1918, and he was demobbed in 1919-and after ‘a day or two’ leave he returned to work on the railways.’
    • ‘He was recalled for duty in 1939, being demobbed in 1945 as an able seaman.’
    • ‘It was 56 years to the day since Mrs Wilson was demobbed and she said: ‘It is a beautiful memorial and it has been a wonderful and very moving day.’’
    • ‘Men were demobbed, but often found their wives and kids had changed while they were away.’
    • ‘He starts off by saying that he should have been demobbed after 22 years in the Navy, but the Second World War meant that he had to continue his service.’
    • ‘After he was demobbed [demobilised from the army] he stayed for a while with his old friend in North Sydney, who was finishing his medical degree and would later go into practice.’
    • ‘By the time he was demobbed in 1945, he'd risen to be the regimental sergeant major of the Parachute Regiment.’
    • ‘At 18, he joined his seven brothers in the armed forces and five years later they were all demobbed without injury.’
    • ‘He said: ‘I'm a Dunkirk veteran and I'd just been demobbed a week when the disaster occurred.’’
    • ‘The 40th anniversary of the last National Serviceman to be demobbed is being marked by a special weekend of parades, guards of honour and the unveiling of a commemorative plaque.’
    • ‘When I was demobbed all firms were obliged to give you your job back, but because I was only 18 when I was called up I had to continue my apprenticeship until I was 22 years old.’
    • ‘Christie's most under-rated recurring characters are a sprightly young couple recently demobbed from the First World War forces and in search of a distraction from their tedious new lives.’
    disband, decommission, discharge
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mass nounBritish
  • Demobilization.

    ‘we were waiting for our demob’
    • ‘Forty years ago this summer, with the map of the Empire all but rolled up, the last British national servicemen returned to Blighty and swapped their battledress for demob suits.’
    • ‘With the end of filming in sight, he has the air of the demob happy.’
    • ‘The demob suit also gave rise to the phrase ‘the full monty’ after Montague Burton, as some former soldiers were only given a two-piece suit, while others were given a waistcoat as well.’
    • ‘Half a lifetime later and Brian Aldiss remains in Oxford, quite happy to see out his winter years in a leafy suburb of the city he first came to as a feckless war veteran in a demob suit.’
    • ‘Bill's demob papers from the RAF were also discovered intact in the case, which had been home to a family of mice.’
    • ‘His demob diary, counting down the days until his national service was over, was preserved as a piece of personal history.’
    • ‘It was exalted in contrast to ‘uniformity of provision’, a state Milburn dismisses as the legacy from the years of ‘ration books and demob suits’.’
    • ‘Following his demob, he landed his first professional job at the Windmill Theatre in London's Soho.’
    • ‘After demob in 1946, Bobby returned home to West Pelton, to his parents and to his childhood sweetheart, Nora Sampy, who lived nearby.’
    • ‘On demob, he was given a wartime degree and went into the educational world as an administrator, working in many parts of the country until he finished up in charge of education in Keighley.’
    • ‘After his demob, Mr Harris worked as a plumber and his wife as a machinist.’
    • ‘A demob candidate less happy than McLeish would be hard to find, and though smiling, often joking and courteous as usual, there was no denying the sad state of mind which he is currently enduring.’
    • ‘He wanted to stay in Hull after his demob in 1946.’
    • ‘Veterans from across the district have loaned items from the war to the museum, including costumes, uniforms, demob suits, children's clothes and a selection of women's dresses, shoes and hats.’
    • ‘Hmmmm… tomorrow I shall mostly be demob happy, as it's a single day back at work before my week off.’
    • ‘In 1946 he took his demob suit and became lecturer in medicine at the Manchester Medical School.’
    • ‘He gets out to reveal a cheap, shining suit once given to his father on his demob from the war, Brylcreem stains on the collar, his yellowing hair matching the nicotine on his fingers.’
    • ‘They moved to a cottage on the outskirts of the city and eked out an existence on Trocchi's demob pay.’
    • ‘Before my demob in 1965, I dreamed of settling down in York.’
    • ‘Some think the Swede has simply gone demob happy.’


1920s (following the First World War): abbreviation.