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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ When the war was lost, even the hotheads did not try to sabotage the peace.
▪ Her father sabotaged her acting ambitions by refusing to let her go to drama school.
▪ Mitchell accused the party of trying to sabotage his campaign.
▪ Security lighting was sabotaged before the theft took place.
▪ The attack is being seen as a deliberate attempt to sabotage the peace talks.
▪ The plane's landing gear had been sabotaged.
▪ The railway line had been sabotaged by enemy commandos.
▪ Because it can not cope with so many messages, its only recourse is to sabotage the airwaves themselves.
▪ Executives said there can be no compensation because the well was sabotaged, something community leaders reluctantly acknowledged.
▪ Gesner was obviously determined to sabotage the whole Season.
▪ Some smashing clips were sabotaged by the usual sloppy Watchmaker research.
▪ The first attempt, in 1960, was sabotaged by the wife-stabbing.
▪ The amnesty did not include those accused of offences relating to drugs, murder, economic sabotage or armed robbery.
▪ The judge described their crimes as a campaign of economic sabotage.
▪ You conducted a campaign of economic sabotage.
▪ Armed soldiers patrol the airbase to guard against sabotage.
▪ The rebels stopped their sabotage of the power distribution network.
▪ Ditto with the sabotage of an Amtrak train near Phoenix six months later.
▪ Experts believed the crash to be due to pilot error, and sabotage was virtually ruled out of the investigation.
▪ I do not believe his sabotage notion for one moment.
▪ If there is no scientific mystery, then sabotage is the only explanation.
▪ The amnesty did not include those accused of offences relating to drugs, murder, economic sabotage or armed robbery.
▪ Their acts of blockade and sabotage had been only sporadic: their chief action was simply to be there.
▪ They wore army fatigues and played brooding games of gin rummy, listening to dull rumbles from the sabotage site.
▪ What if Everett's putative murderer had been the intended victim of sabotage rather than its practitioner?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Sabotage \Sa`bo`tage"\, n. [F.]

    1. Scamped work.

    2. Malicious waste or destruction of an employer's property or injury to his interests by workmen during labor troubles.

  1. any surreptitious destruction of property or obstruction of activity by persons not known to be hostile; -- in war, such actions carried out behind enemy lines by agents or local sympathisers of the hostile power.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1907 (from 1903 as a French word in English), from French sabotage, from saboter "to sabotage, bungle," literally "walk noisily," from sabot "wooden shoe" (13c.), altered (by association with Old French bot "boot") from Middle French savate "old shoe," from an unidentified source that also produced similar words in Old Provençal, Portuguese, Spanish (zapata), Italian (ciabatta), Arabic (sabbat), and Basque (zapata).\n

\nIn French, and at first in English, the sense of "deliberately and maliciously destroying property" originally was in reference to labor disputes, but the oft-repeated story (as old as the record of the word in English) that the modern meaning derives from strikers' supposed tactic of throwing shoes into machinery is not supported by the etymology. Likely it was not meant as a literal image; the word was used in French in a variety of "bungling" senses, such as "to play a piece of music badly." This, too, was the explanation given in some early usages.\n\nSABOTAGE [chapter heading] The title we have prefixed seems to mean "scamping work." It is a device which, we are told, has been adopted by certain French workpeople as a substitute for striking. The workman, in other words, purposes to remain on and to do his work badly, so as to annoy his employer's customers and cause loss to his employer. ["The Liberty Review," January 1907]\n

\nYou may believe that sabotage is murder, and so forth, but it is not so at all. Sabotage means giving back to the bosses what they give to us. Sabotage consists in going slow with the process of production when the bosses go slow with the same process in regard to wages. [Arturo M. Giovannitti, quoted in report of the Sagamore Sociological Conference, June 1907]\n

\nIn English, "malicious mischief" would appear to be the nearest explicit definition of "sabotage," which is so much more expressive as to be likely of adoption into all languages spoken by nations suffering from this new force in industry and morals. Sabotage has a flavor which is unmistakable even to persons knowing little slang and no French ....

["Century Magazine," November 1910]


1912, from sabotage (n). Related: Sabotaged; sabotaging.\n


n. 1 A deliberate action aimed at weakening an enemy through subversion, obstruction, disruption, and/or destruction. 2 (context military English) An act or acts with intent to injure, interfere with, or obstruct the national defense of a country by willfully injuring or destroying, or attempting to injure or destroy, any national defense or war materiel, premises, or utilities, to include human and natural resources'''JP 1-02 Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms'''.. vb. to deliberately destroy or damage something in order to prevent it from being successful

  1. n. a deliberate act of destruction or disruption in which equipment is damaged

  2. v. destroy property or hinder normal operations; "The Resistance sabotaged railroad operations during the war" [syn: undermine, countermine, counteract, subvert, weaken]


Sabotage is a deliberate action aimed at weakening a polity or corporation through subversion, obstruction, disruption or destruction. In a workplace setting, sabotage is the conscious withdrawal of efficiency generally directed at causing some change in workplace conditions. One who engages in sabotage is a saboteur. Saboteurs typically try to conceal their identities because of the consequences of their actions.

Any unexplained adverse condition might be sabotage. Sabotage is sometimes called tampering, meddling, tinkering, malicious pranks, malicious hacking, a practical joke or the like to avoid needing to invoke legal and organizational requirements for addressing sabotage.

Sabotage (1936 film)

Sabotage, also released as The Woman Alone, is a 1936 British espionage thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock about terrorism in the United Kingdom and an agent who hides a time bomb in a delivery package to blow up London. It is loosely based on Joseph Conrad's novel The Secret Agent. It should not be confused with Hitchcock's film Secret Agent, also released in 1936, but based on the stories of W. Somerset Maugham.

Sabotage (Black Sabbath album)

Sabotage is the sixth studio album by English rock band Black Sabbath, released in July 1975. It was recorded in the midst of litigation with their former manager Patrick Meehan and the stress that resulted from the band's ongoing legal woes infiltrated the recording process, inspiring the album's title. It was co-produced by guitarist Tony Iommi and Mike Butcher.

Sabotage (disambiguation)

Sabotage is an act of destruction or interference intended to weaken an opponent.

Sabotage may also refer to:

Sabotage (video game)

Sabotage is a 1981 computer game for the Apple II family of computers, written by Mark Allen and published by On-Line Systems.

Sabotage (song)

"Sabotage" is a 1994 song by American hip-hop group Beastie Boys, released as the first single from their fourth studio album Ill Communication.

The song features traditional rock instrumentation ( Ad-Rock on guitar, MCA on bass, and Mike D on drums), turntable scratches and heavily distorted bass guitar riffs. A moderate commercial success, the song was notable as well for its video, directed by Spike Jonze and nominated in five categories at the 1994 MTV Music Video Awards.

In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked "Sabotage" #480 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In March 2005, Q magazine placed it at #46 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks, and was ranked #19 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s list. Pitchfork Media included the song at #39 on their Top 200 Tracks of the 90s list.

Sabotage (Master Joe y O.G. Black album)

Peaked at 8 in Top Reggae Albums, 9 in Top Tropical Albums and 59 in Top Latin Albums.

Sabotage (Stargate Universe)

"Sabotage" is the sixteenth episode of military science fiction television series Stargate Universe. The episode originally aired on May 7, 2010 on Syfy in the United States, and on SPACE in Canada. The episode was directed by, Peter DeLuise who previously directed the two episode arc, Darkness and Light. It was written by Barbara Marshall.

In this episode, the Destiny begins its journey to the next galaxy. However Dr. Nicholas Rush ( Robert Carlyle) calculates that the ship will fall 50,000 light years short of its target. To resolve this problem, Rush brings in Dr. Amanda Perry ( Kathleen Munroe) to help increase the efficiency of the FTL drives. However their efforts are hampered as a hostile force has managed to disable the Destiny's FTL drive and begin an attack in order to gain control of the ship.

Sabotage (2014 film)

Sabotage is a 2014 American action film written and directed by David Ayer, co-written by Skip Woods, and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Olivia Williams, Mireille Enos and Terrence Howard. The film was released in the United States on March 28, 2014.

Sabotage (rapper)

'''Mauro Mateus dos Santos ''' (April 3, 1973 – January 24, 2003), better known by his stage name Sabotage, was a Brazilian MC.

Sabotage (1939 film)

Sabotage is a 1939 American action film directed by Harold Young and written by Lionel Houser and Alice Altschuler. The film stars Arleen Whelan, Gordon Oliver, Charley Grapewin, Lucien Littlefield, Paul Guilfoyle and J. M. Kerrigan. The film was released on October 13, 1939, by Republic Pictures.

Usage examples of "sabotage".

Zoellner resigned from the Church Committee - he had been restrained by the Gestapo from visiting Luebeck, where nine Protestant pastors had been arrested - complaining that his work had been sabotaged by the Church Minister.

But this sabotage - Asey, I never until this very minute got the proper perspective on the sabotage business!

Your party crasher committed repeated acts of sabotage against the bod over the last few months.

Bothan contribution to that attack was to sabotage the Caamas planetary shields.

Surely it is far wiser to exercise care to ensure an endamaged, workable probe than to sabotage the whole project by reckless impatience.

Mosque of Islam, Incorporated, feel that it would be discrimination of the nastiest kind were he not to be permitted to share with their members his personal expertise in the kind of operation they have long been planning, to wit the engenderment of self-respect in their members by means of personal armed conflict, sabotage, and other manly pastimes.

It was evident now that this little piece of sabotage was meant to challenge Faythe destruction of the Servant had been the assurance of that.

They must have counted on taking the Tangoparu tetrahedron completely by surprise, wiping out the original four and all the newer resonators with sabotage or gazer strikes.

Jud Tinsley to discover that both the Mayflower and the Plymouth had been sabotaged.

If Nen Yim was correct, and the planet was sentient, perhaps it had witnessed his act of sabotage.

It was one of the most striking instances of what appears to have been the pacificist sabotage that helped to end the formal warfare in Central Europe.

Kargan made the ludicrous leap in logic that the Enterprise had sabotaged the Pagh during their rendezvous.

Defense plant producing important robomb components near Miami is sabotaged by a planted bomb, after a phone warning gives the workers time to evacuate.

Samphan had now come down on the side of Bill Macarthur and was supporting the consensus view that the Tokamak could have been sabotaged.

There seemed to be other, vaguer charges as well, having to do with breach of security, sabotage, false representations, kidnapping, and treason.