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

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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Out of the Unknown — For the collection of short stories by A. E. van Vogt and E. Mayne Hull, see Out of the Unknown (collection). Out of the Unknown Format Anthology Science fiction Drama …   Wikipedia

  • 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 Webster] 2 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Commission merchant — 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

  • Commission of array — 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

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