One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Psychological disturbance caused by prolonged exposure to active warfare, especially being under bombardment.
- ‘What happens when someone like me has been through enormous battle stress and combat fatigue and then comes home to no counselling?’
- ‘The combat fatigue syndrome, which was expected to vanish with the passage of time, has proved to be chronic, if not irreversible in certain of its victims.’
- ‘The laity also suffers from a sense of combat fatigue.’
- ‘Fewer than half the raiders returned - malnutrition, combat fatigue, disease, death and wounds had thinned their ranks.’
- ‘Overcoming this kind of fear is often more difficult than dealing with the combat fatigue itself.’
- ‘Veterans from World War II and Korea who had trouble readjusting to civilian life were said to suffer from combat fatigue or, euphemistically, ‘nerves.’’
2combat fatiguesA uniform of a type to be worn into combat.
- ‘They donned combat fatigues over the weekend for military exercises.’
- ‘The remarkable thing about Globe productions is that they are gimmick-free; no VWs drive on stage, no soldiers in combat fatigues appear with Kalashnikovs.’
- ‘They were decked out in their combat fatigues and they lined up by the casket.’
- ‘And they got put into combat fatigues quite often.’
- ‘Both were dressed in combat fatigues and both were well armed (AK - 47s, G3s and rockets were often mentioned).’
- ‘He was dressed in urban combat fatigues and armed with a light machine gun.’
- ‘Off come the suits and on go the combat fatigues as they find themselves traversing demanding assault courses and being shouted at by former soldiers in a bid to improve their team skills and creativity.’
- ‘We are having a couple of Marines come in the collect the toys from the boys in their dress uniforms and combat fatigues.’
- ‘At the hospital's main gate, a security guard who tried to stop the bus backed off when he saw the rebels in their combat fatigues waving automatic rifles and holding grenades.’
- ‘Behind him and around him are men in combat fatigues and berets, some in the stand-at ease position, one with a flag.’
- ‘Dressed in combat fatigues, her long hair in braids that are tucked in, and her feet in thick boots, the only femininity she betrays is fading silver-coloured varnish on her finger nails.’
- ‘Members of the armed forces in combat fatigues ran down the street between stationary cars.’
- ‘All were dressed in black combat fatigues complete with balaclavas.’
- ‘Later I see a father and son, both dressed in the near-obligatory combat fatigues, eagerly discussing the firepower on show.’
- ‘She still carried herself like a soldier, wearing her green combat fatigues like a second skin, but she wasn't the warrior she used to be.’
- ‘Soldiers in combat fatigues and carrying rifles patrolled on foot in teams of two or three around the buildings.’
- ‘Dozens of airmen have been to see her since last Tuesday to get their name tags and ranks sewn onto their flying suits, dungarees and combat fatigues - a sure sign they are preparing for action.’
- ‘I should have known when the two hosts were dressed in combat fatigues.’
- ‘He paused by a dresser, lifting a photograph of a group of soldiers in combat fatigues grouped around a pink Sikorsky helicopter painted with a screaming blue face.’
- ‘Their army being what it is, there aren't enough tan desert combat fatigues to go around, so short-timers who are counting the remainder of their tours in days and not weeks have to turn theirs in and resort to relish greens.’
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