Definition of out of action in English:

out of action


  • Temporarily unable to work or function.

    ‘a heart attack put him out of action’
    • ‘Traffic lights were temporarily out of action, although there were no reports of accidents.’
    • ‘Questions have to be asked, including why the CCTV cameras on the ward were out of action.’
    • ‘It put one of the runways out of action for 15 minutes, disrupting incoming and departing flights.’
    • ‘He was out of action for a year and was eventually forced to retire.’
    • ‘He was out of action for six months, although the initial diagnosis was for much longer, and on crutches for two.’
    • ‘She estimates the shop will be out of action for several weeks while repairs are carried out and replacement stock is ordered.’
    • ‘Pastor Roe said that the toilets had been out of action since February.’
    • ‘They managed to release the lift, but it has since been out of action.’
    • ‘Malt attacked from the restart and, with Cooke temporarily out of action, Will Barber booted a penalty.’
    • ‘CAN I apologise for the fact that my e-mail has been out of action for the past few weeks due to a technical hitch.’
    • ‘The 31-year-old is currently out of action with a broken arm but will be back in a month's time.’
    • ‘A subsequent operation kept him out of action for four months and even he came back too soon.’
    • ‘Her problems were made worse by the fact that the lift was temporarily out of action.’
    • ‘He signed for them at the start of the season but has been out of action since sustaining a broken leg in a pre-season friendly.’
    • ‘The centre also paid for engineering work on the ship's main generator which was out of action.’
    • ‘Gashes and knocks that would put a professional footballer out of action for weeks tend to be shrugged off.’
    • ‘He lives on the top floor and said one lift has been out of action for more than eight weeks, and the other takes users to the wrong floor.’
    • ‘The electricity failure kept the phones and most of the lighting out of action for more than three hours.’
    • ‘Anyway, with my arm more or less out of action, and the pain, lack of sleep, etc, I've not been to work yet this week.’
    • ‘And why was a security camera monitoring the prison yard mysteriously out of action?’
    not working, not in working order, not functioning, broken, broken-down, out of order, out of service, out of commission, acting up, unserviceable, faulty, defective, non-functional, in disrepair
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