out of commission
phrasal 1. out of active service or use 2. out of working order

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • out of commission — Commission Com*mis sion, n. [F., fr. L. commissio. See {Commit}.] 1. The act of committing, doing, or performing; the act of perpetrating. [1913 Webster] Every commission of sin introduces into the soul a certain degree of hardness. South. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • out of commission — {adj. phr.} 1. Retired from active military service; no longer on active duty. * /When the war was over, many warships were placed out of commission./ Contrast: IN COMMISSION(1). 2. Not in use or not working; so that it cannot work or be used. *… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • out of commission — {adj. phr.} 1. Retired from active military service; no longer on active duty. * /When the war was over, many warships were placed out of commission./ Contrast: IN COMMISSION(1). 2. Not in use or not working; so that it cannot work or be used. *… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • out of commission — ► broken or not available to be used: put sth/take sth out of commission »In Port Arthur, three major refineries were taken out of commission by power failures. → See also DECOMMISSION(Cf. ↑decommission), EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY… …   Financial and business terms

  • out of commission — adjective Not operational or not functioning properly. One pair of handcuffs will put both hands out of commission. Syn: broken, out of order, out of service …   Wiktionary

  • out of commission — Synonyms and related words: at a standstill, at anchor, broken, dead still, fixed, haywire, hors de combat, idle, immobile, immotive, in condition, in disrepair, in order, in repair, inoperative, motionless, moveless, obsolete, off the field, on… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • To put a vessel out of commission — Commission Com*mis sion, n. [F., fr. L. commissio. See {Commit}.] 1. The act of committing, doing, or performing; the act of perpetrating. [1913 Webster] Every commission of sin introduces into the soul a certain degree of hardness. South. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • put out of commission — index impair Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • out of order — {adv.} or {adj. phr.} 1. In the wrong order; not coming after one another in the right way. * /Peter wrote the words of the sentence out of order./ * /Don t get out of order, children. Stay in your places in line./ Contrast: IN ORDER. 2. In poor… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • out of order — {adv.} or {adj. phr.} 1. In the wrong order; not coming after one another in the right way. * /Peter wrote the words of the sentence out of order./ * /Don t get out of order, children. Stay in your places in line./ Contrast: IN ORDER. 2. In poor… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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