Definition of walking wounded in US English:

walking wounded

plural noun

usually the walking wounded
  • 1People who have been injured in a battle or major accident but who are still able to walk.

    ‘they eased the walking wounded down by ropes’
    figurative ‘both are among the walking wounded and have barely survived previous relationship battles’
    • ‘Hewlett Packard joined the walking wounded of the tech world when it recently missed earnings estimates and pulled out of its $18 billion bid for the consulting practice of PwC.’
    • ‘Six ambulances were needed to take the walking wounded, including an 18-year-old woman with facial injuries, to hospital in York and Selby.’
    • ‘Following a medical assessment, any victims brought here would be tagged: black tags marking those who were beyond saving, red for critical and yellow and green for the walking wounded.’
    • ‘That game was called off because of the frozen pitch, giving some of the walking wounded more time to get fit.’
    • ‘He'll tape the wrists and pad the tender spots of the walking wounded: he'll usher players to the hot tubs and cold tubs to soothe stiff and sore muscles, tendons, and ligaments.’
    • ‘Bodies were lying on the track, some said, as the walking wounded - some badly burned and bleeding - tried to make their way to safety through the choking smoke and soot.’
    • ‘Menard, one of the walking wounded, recounted the fierce response they met in on a bridge at the southern Iraqi city of Nassiriya.’
    • ‘We mostly take the walking wounded but cannot see people with illnesses, chest pains, head injuries where someone has lost consciousness or where they have been drinking.’
    • ‘The wait for the walking wounded in a Scottish accident and emergency ward doubled to 40 hours between 1998-99 and 2000-01.’
    • ‘His 20-year-old daughter Sarah, who was among the walking wounded, called him in the immediate aftermath; but to escape, she had had to leave her mother in the crumpled carriage.’
    • ‘The minor injuries unit pilot scheme was launched to help make the town feel safer and to ease the burden on hospital casualty units by dealing with the walking wounded.’
    • ‘Among them were some of the walking wounded - one man still had his right eye patched; another was on crutches.’
    • ‘The ceremony will honour the men and women who tended the injured and also the walking wounded who refused to leave the scene and helped their fellow-travellers.’
    • ‘The life insurers are the walking wounded of this three-year bear market, because their earnings are linked to their stock market investments.’
    • ‘I treated the walking wounded of the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1970.’
    • ‘Buses were seen ferrying the walking wounded to hospital and the London Ambulance Service appealed to people not to dial 999 unless it was critical.’
    • ‘Make sure that the walking wounded do not ‘wander’; move them to a safe place away from other traffic.’
    • ‘Janine Edwards, 23, who was among the walking wounded in last February's disaster, said surviving the crash had made her more determined to fulfill her dream.’
    • ‘In total, 208 victims were rushed into the Royal London, some ferried there by London buses which had stopped to pick up the walking wounded.’
    • ‘York City's injury problems have taken a turn for the better with some of manager Terry Dolan's walking wounded edging closer to fitness.’
    1. 1.1 People who have suffered emotional wounds.
      • ‘‘I'm a walking wounded painter,’ he says, speaking with an accent that is part East End, part transatlantic.’
      • ‘His characters are the walking wounded, and their wounds, as often as not, are the result of futile or faddish stabs at self-improvement.’
      • ‘Guirgis, in the tradition of Tennessee Williams, combines sympathy for the walking wounded with a sharp humour.’
      • ‘Do you want to spend your time with the world's walking wounded or go where the energy and the innovation and the creativity and the return and the opportunity for people is?’
      • ‘They are full of splintered souls who need the guidance and companionship of dogs because so few humans have the love in them to walk with the walking wounded.’
      • ‘Who can fault a family man for breaking down like one of the walking wounded when there's a spouse and offspring to consider?’
      • ‘Well now aren't we all just the walking wounded.’
      • ‘The whole game of a romantic comedy is to reassure the walking wounded that suffering through life's romantic problems will lead to happy resolution.’
      • ‘Aching with vulnerability, he is immensely charismatic as one of life's walking wounded.’
      • ‘To survive the day is triumph enough for the walking wounded among many of us.’
      • ‘She assumed her daughter could look after herself, I said, so why did she treat her son like the walking wounded?’
      • ‘I would still class him among the walking wounded, but not nearly as bad as he used to be.’
      • ‘And then we meet Hardy, Mac's devoted mother figure of a maid who seems to have a kind word, a quick wit, and an open heart for the walking wounded attorney.’
      • ‘In the twilight of patriarchy, men are walking wounded, turning to suicide, drug abuse, insanity and violent behaviour.’
      • ‘If one has to pinpoint the most heartbreaking aspect of Brother's Keeper, it would be the walking wounded ghost of a man named Lyman Ward.’
      • ‘Hopper's Nile seems like the walking wounded until he rediscovers his big shot legal eagle jerk personality and irks the empathy right out of you.’
      • ‘Turning the corner is required tomorrow against Ajax who are also the walking wounded following their surprising - 2 defeat by Classic at the weekend.’
      • ‘One of life's walking wounded, Quoyle has seen his self-esteem ground into dust by an overbearing father.’
      • ‘We do not have enough residents or resources to heal the millions of women who are the walking wounded of patriarchy.’
      • ‘He is among the walking wounded, but he is the purest hero, perhaps, of Frears' entire directing career.’


walking wounded

/ˌwɔkɪŋ ˈwundəd//ˌwôkiNG ˈwo͞ondəd/