out of action - definition and synonyms

  1. 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. 2
    if something is out of action, it cannot be used, for example because it is broken or is being repaired or cleaned

    The swimming pool is currently out of action.

See also main entry: action