put something out of action

put something out of action
put (something) out of action be out of action - if a machine or vehicle is out of action, it is not working or cannot be used.

The freezing weather has put many trains out of action.


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  • put out of action — put (something) out of action be out of action if a machine or vehicle is out of action, it is not working or cannot be used. The freezing weather has put many trains out of action …   New idioms dictionary

  • out of action — 1) if someone is out of action, they are injured or too ill to perform their usual activities Her broken wrist will put her out of action for at least a month. 2) if something is out of action, it cannot be used, for example because it is broken… …   English dictionary

  • put something into action — phrase to start using something such as a plan or idea Our plans aren’t quite ready to be put into action. Thesaurus: to carry out a plansynonym Main entry: action …   Useful english dictionary

  • put — W1S1 [put] v past tense and past participle put present participle putting [T] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(move to place)¦ 2¦(change somebody s situation/feelings)¦ 3¦(write/print something)¦ 4¦(express)¦ 5 put a stop/an end to something 6 put something into… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • action — ac|tion [ ækʃən ] noun *** ▸ 1 process of doing something ▸ 2 something someone does ▸ 3 movement ▸ 4 effect of drug/chemical ▸ 5 fighting in war ▸ 6 exciting events ▸ 7 events in play/movie ▸ + PHRASES 1. ) uncount the process of doing something …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • action — noun 1 DOING THINGS (U) the process of doing in order to deal with a problem or difficult situation: The union is urging strike action. | We need more action, and less talk! | take action: The police took firm action to deal with the riots. |… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • put — verb past tense putpresent participle putting MOVE STH 1 (transitive always + adv/prep) to move something from one place or position into another, especially using your hands: put sth in/on/there etc: Put those bags on the table. | You should put …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • put — verb past tense putpresent participle putting MOVE STH 1 (transitive always + adv/prep) to move something from one place or position into another, especially using your hands: put sth in/on/there etc: Put those bags on the table. | You should put …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • put — [ put ] (past tense and past participle put) verb transitive *** ▸ 1 move something to position ▸ 2 cause to be in situation ▸ 3 write/print something ▸ 4 make someone go to place ▸ 5 give position on list ▸ 6 build/place somewhere ▸ 7 express in …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • put — [poot] vt. put, putting [ME putten < or akin to OE potian, to push: mod. senses prob. < Scand, as in Dan putte, Swed dial. putta, to put away, push, akin to OE pyttan, to sting, goad] 1. a) to drive or send by a blow, shot, or thrust [to… …   English World dictionary

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