Definition of sabotage noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsæbətɑːʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsæbətɑːʒ//
    [uncountable] Protest
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  1. 1the act of doing deliberate damage to equipment, transport, machines, etc. to prevent an enemy from using them, or to protest about something an act of economic/military/industrial sabotage Police investigating the train derailment have not ruled out sabotage. They conducted a campaign of economic sabotage. The fire may have been an act of sabotage. Wordfindercivil disobedience, demonstrate, hunger strike, march, occupy, placard, protest, riot, sabotage, uprising See related entries: Protest
  2. 2the act of deliberately spoiling something in order to prevent it from being successful
  3. Word Originearly 20th cent.: from French, from saboter ‘kick with sabots (a simple shoe), wilfully destroy’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sabotage

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