Definition of walking wounded in English:

walking wounded

plural noun

usually the walking wounded
  • People 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Six ambulances were needed to take the walking wounded, including an 18-year-old woman with facial injuries, to hospital in York and Selby.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I treated the walking wounded of the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1970.’
    • ‘Among them were some of the walking wounded - one man still had his right eye patched; another was on crutches.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The wait for the walking wounded in a Scottish accident and emergency ward doubled to 40 hours between 1998-99 and 2000-01.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The life insurers are the walking wounded of this three-year bear market, because their earnings are linked to their stock market investments.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Make sure that the walking wounded do not ‘wander’; move them to a safe place away from other traffic.’


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