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  • In the Iran-Iraq war, the ayatollahs sent children and civilians to the front-line as cannon fodder.
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  • The new unemployment report will be used as campaign fodder by both candidates.
    fodder = something useful for a particular purpose
  • It was widely known that Alice's fantastic stories had served as its inspiration--fodder for poking fun at her, if ever there was--but so well had she adapted to the customs and beliefs of the time, so well had she adopted the inclinations of other girls her age, that she'd befriended those who used to tease her mercilessly.   (source)
    fodder = things useful for
  • The sheep for fodder follow the shepherd   (source)
  • 'His sod corn will be good for fodder this winter,' said grandfather encouragingly.   (source)
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  • The drought raised the price of local fodder.
  • Then the elephants were chained by their hind legs to their big stumps of pickets, and extra ropes were fitted to the new elephants, and the fodder was piled before them,   (source)
    fodder = food such as hay or straw
  • "Bagheera spoke truth," he panted, as he nestled down in some cattle fodder by the window of a hut.   (source)
    fodder = food such as hay or straw that is given to domesticated animals
  • Little Toomai came in with a joyous tunk-a-tunk at the end of each verse, till he felt sleepy and stretched himself on the fodder at Kala Nag's side.   (source)
  • Little Toomai turned, rustling in the fodder, and watched the curve of his big back against half the stars in heaven, and while he watched he heard, so far away that it sounded no more than a pinhole of noise pricked through the stillness, the "hoot-toot" of a wild elephant.   (source)
  • fodder for the kine   (source)
  • But the sweetmeat seller in the camp lent him a little tom-tom—a drum beaten with the flat of the hand—and he sat down, cross-legged, before Kala Nag as the stars began to come out, the tom-tom in his lap, and he thumped and he thumped and he thumped, and the more he thought of the great honor that had been done to him, the more he thumped, all alone among the elephant fodder.   (source)
    fodder = food such as hay or straw
  • fodder for the kine   (source)
    fodder = food such as hay or straw that is given to domesticated animals
  • fodder for the kine   (source)
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  • They were using me as fodder.†   (source)
  • And this case had given him lots of fodder.†   (source)
  • Laila did her best not to look at him, not to give these women any more gossip fodder than they already had.†   (source)
  • He'd be fodder.†   (source)
  • The eggs are placed in a cask containing crumbled sheep fodder, allowed to cool, and then covered completely.†   (source)
  • If the Others ever come for us, I pray they have archers, because you lot are fit for nothing more than arrow fodder.†   (source)
  • Only six people in the entire Galaxy understood the principle on which the Galaxy was governed, and they knew that once Zaphod Beeblebrox had announced his intention to run as President it was more or less a fait accompli: he was ideal presidency fodder.†   (source)
  • I'm not the only half-iced bugger-fodder.†   (source)
  • It was standard procedure with any police force in the world to send in the cannon fodder first before opening negotiations.†   (source)
  • I'll remind him when we get to camp, and he can dispatch some of you talented fodder—I mean heroes—"†   (source)
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  • That night we stopped at a wayside inn where Reta bought fodder for the horses and a few other supplies.†   (source)
  • His two sisters, despite their natural inclinations and festive vocation, were fodder for the convent.†   (source)
  • My motto was "When the columnist has fun, the reader has fun" Why attend a deadening tax-adjustment hearing in pursuit of column fodder when you could be sitting, say, at an outdoor bar in Key West, large alcoholic beverage in hand?†   (source)
  • So I ask: If you had three cows, but only enough fodder to keep two of them alive, what would you do?†   (source)
  • They seemed to have the sort of friendship that thrives on argument, and they had plenty of fodder.†   (source)
  • Peter would have to think twice about what he said or did, because otherwise, it would become fodder for rumors around school.†   (source)
  • I don't know why--I worked on circuses for nearly seven years, and if that isn't fodder for conversation, I don't know what is.†   (source)
  • "There's fodder in the shed for the horses, enough for two weeks, and if you don't come back this way, then I'll take them back down to the city."†   (source)
  • There they are, shouted Aunt J. Just waiting for someone to bring 'em to fodder.†   (source)
  • " "Why, women and children and settlers are just cannon fodder for lawyers and bankers," Augustus said.†   (source)
  • Then roiling dust and debris and billowing smoke: The wheat is burning, consumed in a matter of seconds, tender fodder for the fire, and where the buildings used to be, a crater, a black hole bored into the Earth.†   (source)
  • Still, they had value to the Republic project: value as feature-story fodder.†   (source)
  • For their part, the trolls and goblins were merely cannon fodder—if they survived the initial attack, and damaged the allies in the process, then all was good.†   (source)
  • Everything's fodder.†   (source)
  • The incident at dinner had provided the fodder for this night's insomnia.†   (source)
  • Certainly, each essay could provide great fodder, but we're not interested in the offhand dismissal or low ante insult, particularly those generated anonymously.†   (source)
  • The blaring music marshaled memories of battles won and lost, engendering arguments between old soldiers who had basically been the assault troops, cannon fodder, at once resentful and filled with the pride of survival because they had survived the blood and horror their gold-braided superiors knew nothing about.†   (source)
  • He could go each morning and evening to fodder his cattle, he supposed.†   (source)
  • We are the important ones, not these cannon fodder.†   (source)
  • It offered a good hiding-place, and inside were several open spaces where there grew a more ordinary kind of grass which looked as if it might make suitable fodder.†   (source)
  • Miss Kenyon said we would provide the fodder she needed.†   (source)
  • Had whitecoats taken them, as fodder for their experiments?†   (source)
  • You-to serve as fodder for the pleasure of others?†   (source)
  • Holes to fly to in time of war, to store fodder in!†   (source)
  • If something was not done, this whole affair could drag on well into the fall, giving the journalists and the Whigs plenty more fodder for pot shots at the Van Buren Administration.†   (source)
  • At dusk Harriet left the fodder house.†   (source)
  • About forty acres of the land were worked with the old mule (and later a gift horse named Dan) and hand plows to produce a great deal of our food, plus grain and fodder for the horses, cows, hogs, and chickens.†   (source)
  • This, too, was fodder for her enemies.†   (source)
  • The new biologists were concentrating on statistical and analytical research, whereby the raw material of life became no more than fodder for the nourishment of calculating machines.†   (source)
  • It can't be a hazard yet, because the cows haven't had time to ingest strontium 90 in their fodder.†   (source)
  • His wit, which was often scathing and which relied on a subtle use of Southern courthouse rhetoric (doubtless derived in part from his father, a distinguished judge), had kept me laughing during the enervating wartime months at Duke, where the Marine Corps, in its resolve to transform us from green cannon fodder into prime cannon fodder, tried to stuff us with two years' education in less than a year, thereby creating a generation of truly half-baked college graduates.†   (source)
  • Bleys had custom-made cannon fodder.†   (source)
  • Aunt Pat, who went to the public library two or three times a week for the murder mysteries she consumed like fodder, kept him supplied with books.†   (source)
  • Maybe so, for cannon fodder.†   (source)
  • The big cutter, with its monotonous roar, continued to shoot it pulverized into the wagon in a steady spurt of fodder.†   (source)
  • Of course, had it been possible to settle down for a long stay, the doctor would have scouted around looking for new ways of getting food and fodder, but it wasn't worth it for a few uncertain days.†   (source)
  • FATHER-ROBERT: [between his comings and goings] Cannon fodder!†   (source)
  • Conscripts make good cannon fodder, but for officers we need volunteers.†   (source)
  • Look how many of you are falling—Sebastian just wants cannon fodder.†   (source)
  • There's no food here, nor fodder for our mules and horses.†   (source)
  • That would have been a sweet fight once, Jaime thought, fine fodder for the singers.†   (source)
  • "See that there's hot food for the men and fodder for the horses.†   (source)
  • Get your picture taken with me and your life becomes fodder for the mill.†   (source)
  • On the thirty-second day, the last of the grain and fodder.†   (source)
  • The last thing the girl needed was more fodder for her nightmares.†   (source)
  • But great store of food, and many beasts and their fodder, have also been gathered there.†   (source)
  • A bit crowded, but moving-better than being left here for coyote fodder!†   (source)
  • No one seemed to be watching him or me to see us interact as gossip fodder.†   (source)
  • He made three trips from the cabin to the fodder house.†   (source)
  • Virtue is not its own reward or sacrificial fodder for the reward of evil.†   (source)
  • We have been sore pressed to find fodder and provender for our own levies.†   (source)
  • Even the garrons of the northmen were faltering for want of fodder.†   (source)
  • The Dornishmen were new hands, raw recruits, arrow fodder, three amongst two thousand.†   (source)
  • Most of the stories you hear about dragons are fodder for fools.†   (source)
  • How much food and fodder do you think Galbart Glover has laid by?†   (source)
  • "You are too ugly to be Bokkoko's butt boy," said Kasporio, "but you might do as arrow fodder."†   (source)
  • To you they are only arrow fodder.†   (source)
  • But much was strange to me, especially the bicyclists with sheaves of fresh-cut grass heaped on their backs, processions of them bringing fodder for the herds of cows that milled around the tents and makeshift huts in the urban camps of the internally displaced.†   (source)
  • Yes, there were a few bright minds and young men from good families in the upper ranks of the global jihadist movement, but the foot soldiers and the cannon fodder were, for the most part, radical losers.†   (source)
  • The Freys are hauling food and fodder down from the Twins, but Ser Ryman claims he does not have enough to share, so we must forage for ourselves.†   (source)
  • All in the name of a version of Bushido cynically devised to make young Japanese men fodder for the military's adventures.†   (source)
  • They were concealed in the fodder house, not far away from the cabin where Old Rit and Ben now lived.†   (source)
  • "Blood of my blood," said Rakharo, "when cowards hide and burn the food and fodder, great khals must seek for braver foes.†   (source)
  • Do not pretend that you will perish for a noble ideal-you will perish as fodder for the haters of man.†   (source)
  • It wouldn't be long—and in the dim light in the fodder house he looked at Moses for approval, for agreement.†   (source)
  • Do not expect them to stay moral and lose their lives for the purpose of becoming the fodder of the immoral.†   (source)
  • Next came the baggage train, a procession of wayns laden with food, fodder, camp supplies, wedding gifts, and the wounded too weak to walk, under the watchful eye of Ser Wendel Manderly and his White Harbor knights.†   (source)
  • From the dark, heavy look of the sky, visible through the roof of the fodder house, it would be an all-day rain.†   (source)
  • A trader does not ask to be paid for his failures, nor does he ask to be loved for his flaws, A trader does not squander his body as fodder or his soul as alms.†   (source)
  • The beat of the rain against the roof of the fodder house, against its sides, would be their only Christmas greeting.†   (source)
  • She knew they did not like this long rainy day spent inside a fodder house, rain coming through the chinks in the boards.†   (source)
  • …desire to live, by means of their energy drained in forced labor, by means of their ability to feed their masters, by means of the hostage system, of their love for their children or wives or friends-by means of love, ability and pleasure as the fodder for threats and the bait for extortion, with love tied to fear, ability to punishment, ambition to confiscation, with blackmail as law, with escape from pain, not quest for pleasure, as the only incentive to effort and the only reward of…†   (source)
  • She asked them to go to the cabin, to tell Ben that his children were in the fodder house, badly in need of food.†   (source)
  • Where before there had been silence, now he heard: wind in the trees, Hodor's breathing, the elk pawing at the ground in search of fodder.†   (source)
  • I have given you fodder for your horses, and once the stair is done I will lend you builders to restore the Nightfort.†   (source)
  • They stayed in the fodder house all that day, lying on top of the corn, listening to the drip of the rain, waiting for dark, when they would set out.†   (source)
  • Before the journey ended, Catherine would be able to sleep anywhere, on the ground, in a haystack, under a bush, and this rat-infested fodder house would loom in her memory like a king's palace.†   (source)
  • No replacement could be found; what draft horses remained were needed to pull the wagons that held their food and fodder.†   (source)
  • How badly he must have wanted to see them, four of his children, there in the fodder house, on Christmas Day; but he would not lie, and so he would not look at them.†   (source)
  • Back of the main column the baggage train followed: mules, horses, oxen, a mile of wayns and carts laden with food, fodder, tents, and other provisions.†   (source)
  • Late in the afternoon, he tapped on the side of the fodder house, and then opened the door, and put part of the Christmas dinner—cooked bacon, hoecake, fried pork and roasted yarns—inside on the floor.†   (source)
  • Maester Aemon used to say that lime juice and fresh meat would remedy that, but our limes were gone a year ago and we do not have enough fodder to keep herds afoot for fresh meat.†   (source)
  • A long supply train had come with Bolton and his friends of Frey up through the Neck, Lady Dustin had brought food and fodder from Barrowton, and Lord Manderly had arrived well provisioned from White Harbor …. but the host was large.†   (source)
  • Nearly everybody took the habit of fetching along a handful of fodder to throw on the pile.†   (source)
  • I have told Lionel to act as transport officer, and I want you, Bors, to look after the fodder.†   (source)
  • "But mine fodder made it," David drove home the one unique point about it all.†   (source)
  • My mudder wuz runnin' aroun', an aroun' an after, my fodder kept on spittin' in nuh sink.†   (source)
  • An nen my fodder takes it out and he put it in nuh bag and trew it out fom de winner.†   (source)
  • My fod-der'll give your fodder soch a kick-"†   (source)
  • "I like mine fodder bedder," said Yussie.†   (source)
  • Id wuzn'a nickel-jus' like I tol' 'im— He wuz mad yaw fodder-oh boy!†   (source)
  • We usetuh-right near my fodder's joolery shop on Rainey Avenyuh.†   (source)
  • Waid'll I call my fodder!" threatened the one who had first kept David at bay.†   (source)
  • My fodder has to give her a pee-pot twelve a'clock every night-"†   (source)
  • I had to stay upstehs till my fodder came-Yuh see?†   (source)
  • "Watch a real, reggilieh smooker —like I loined f'om my fodder!†   (source)
  • Bod mine fodder pud in a eggshells wid terlit paper an' a piece f om an ol' kendle.†   (source)
  • How does a prindin' press look wot hoitshuh fodder?†   (source)
  • Mine fodder is a printer.†   (source)
  • In the mixture there was beauty--a good proportion--and pimple-insolence, and parricide faces, gum-chew innocence, labor fodder and secretarial forces, Danish stability, Dago inspiration, catarrh-hampered mathematical genius; there were waxed-eared shovelers' children, sex-promising businessmen's daughters--an immense sampling of a tremendous host, the multitudes of holy writ, begotten by West-moving, factor-shoved parents.†   (source)
  • And you, Bors, the fodder.†   (source)
  • Starks piled fodder under the big tree near the porch and the mule was usually around the store like the other citizens.†   (source)
  • Mine fodder woiks inna joolery shop.†   (source)
  • It wakes op mine fodder in de mawning.†   (source)
  • His fodder'll give 'im wit' de w'ip.†   (source)
  • Yussie waved the cage about excitedly, "An I calls my fodder an' he gets op fom de bed an' he fills op de woshtob and eeh! duh rat giz all aroun' in it, in nuh watuh giz all aroun'.†   (source)
  • T'ree is a lie, mine fodder says.†   (source)
  • My mudder 'n' fodder's Hungarian.†   (source)
  • D'ja fodder gib yuh wid de w'ip?†   (source)
  • W'ea does your fodder woik?†   (source)
  • Dey uz zuh big rat inna house, yuh could hear him at night, so my fodder bought dis, an' my mudder put in schmaltz fom de meat, and nuh rat comes in, an' inna mawningk, I look unner by de woshtob, an'ooh-he wuz dere, runnin' dis way like dot.†   (source)
  • It wakes op mine fodder too.†   (source)
  • Dat's my fodder's wagon.†   (source)
  • My fodder yuh wan'?†   (source)
  • Wot's your fodder?†   (source)
  • Bing! his fodder wend.†   (source)
  • My-my fodder sent me hea.†   (source)
  • 'His sod corn will be good for fodder this winter,' said grandfather encouragingly.†   (source)
  • Try to break a little more land every year; sod corn is good for fodder.†   (source)
  • Well, to mention only firewood and fodder, let me inform you.†   (source)
  • Corn, my boy, for fodder; corn for fodder.†   (source)
  • For days neither provisions for the men nor fodder for the horses had been issued.†   (source)
  • His highest duty to fodder and water his horses!†   (source)
  • Though he grudged the fodder when they could no longer graze on the pasture-land, at least he was free from anxiety about them.†   (source)
  • For some reason the cost of fodder for cattle in the yards was much above the market price—and you were not allowed to bring your own fodder!†   (source)
  • On the contrary, this slippery syllable with its lingual and labial consonants and scanty vowel in the middle really began to disgust him after a while, conjuring up for him somehow images of watery milk—something whitish-blue and insipid, particularly when compared with all the robust fodder that Dr. Krokowski was serving up.†   (source)
  • But for the saving of time and fodder, it was the law that cows of that sort came along with the others, and whoever noticed it would tell the boss, and the boss would start up a conversation with the government inspector, and the two would stroll away.†   (source)
  • The seed of the nettle, mixed with fodder, gives gloss to the hair of animals; the root, mixed with salt, produces a beautiful yellow coloring-matter.†   (source)
  • The cattle may have a heavy load, but it won't help 'em to throw it over into the roadside pit, when it's partly their own fodder."†   (source)
  • Before the men, however, could seek their rest, they had sundry little duties to perform; such as completing their works of defence, carefully concealing the fires, replenishing the fodder of their cattle, and setting the watch that was to protect the party, in the approaching hours of night.†   (source)
  • I'd challenge England to beat me in the fodder business; and if I were a free man again I'd be worth a thousand pound before I'd done o't.†   (source)
  • Let the poor animals we must leave behind, be well fed, and put plenty of fodder within their reach: in a few days we may be able to return, and save them likewise.†   (source)
  • The light streamed through the doorway, over an uneven floor, falling upon piles of grain and fodder, and earthenware and household property, occupying the centre of the chamber.†   (source)
  • Left and right is the rougher road for the heavy carts—grain and cotton and timber, fodder, lime and hides.†   (source)
  • How many times had Levin seen this splendid fodder wasted, and tried to get it saved; but always it had turned out to be impossible.†   (source)
  • We were often in the field from the first approach of day till its last lingering ray had left us; and at saving-fodder time, midnight often caught us in the field binding blades.†   (source)
  • When the animals entered the Ark in pairs, one may imagine that allied species made much private remark on each other, and were tempted to think that so many forms feeding on the same store of fodder were eminently superfluous, as tending to diminish the rations.†   (source)
  • One could see the bride's litter, a blur of red and tinsel, staggering through the haze, while the bridegroom's bewreathed pony turned aside to snatch a mouthful from a passing fodder-cart.†   (source)
  • The young men, who had already completed their tasks with the axe, were all engaged after their lounging and listless manner; some in bestowing equitable portions of the fodder among the different animals; others in plying the heavy pestle of a moveable homminy-mortar[*]; and one or two in wheeling the remainder of the wagons aside, and arranging them in such a manner as to form a sort of outwork for their otherwise defenceless bivouac.†   (source)
  • It was a place flanked by hay-barns, into which tons of fodder, all in trusses, were being packed from the waggons she had seen pass the inn that morning.†   (source)
  • Our situation was rendered the more critical from having no great stock of provisions, or fodder for the animals; and the hay failing us on the evening of the third day, I determined to set them at liberty by sending them, under the guidance of Fritz, across the river at the ford.†   (source)
  • Alpatych named others, but they too, according to Dron, had no horses available: some horses were carting for the government, others were too weak, and others had died for want of fodder.†   (source)
  • On reaching the crest of a swell that was a little higher than the usual elevations, he lingered a minute, and cast a half curious eye, on either hand, in quest of those well known signs, which might indicate a place, where the three grand requisites of water, fuel and fodder were to be obtained in conjunction.†   (source)
  • 'It is not a bad plan, I can assure you, wife, and the Italians do not waste the straw by not cutting it with the grain; having more arable than pasture land, they use this high stubble for their cattle, letting them feed in it, and eat what grain is left; afterward, allowing the grass to grow up among it, they mow all together for winter fodder.†   (source)
  • What struck him most was the sight of a splendid field of oats in which a camp had been pitched and which was being mown down by the soldiers, evidently for fodder.†   (source)
  • The stabler of the iron horse was up early this winter morning by the light of the stars amid the mountains, to fodder and harness his steed.†   (source)
  • But as it turns out, just at that moment a third enemy rises before us—namely the Orthodox Russian soldiers, loudly demanding bread, meat, biscuits, fodder, and whatnot!†   (source)
  • "Flesh, bodies, cannon fodder!" he thought, and he looked at his own naked body and shuddered, not from cold but from a sense of disgust and horror he did not himself understand, aroused by the sight of that immense number of bodies splashing about in the dirty pond.†   (source)
  • Despite their pale swollen faces and tattered uniforms, the hussars formed line for roll call, kept things in order, groomed their horses, polished their arms, brought in straw from the thatched roofs in place of fodder, and sat down to dine round the caldrons from which they rose up hungry, joking about their nasty food and their hunger.†   (source)
  • Iris who runs on wind halted and unyoked the team and tossed them heavenly fodder.†   (source)
  • But I refused: sparing the teams, I thought, from short rations of fodder under siege.†   (source)
  • Let every charioteer give fodder to his battle team, inspect his wheels and car, and put his mind on war, so we may bear ourselves as men all day in the grim battle.†   (source)
  • From the chariot poles unyoke the teams, toss fodder out before them; bring down beeves and fat sheep from the city, and lose no time about it—amber wine and wheaten bread, too, from our halls.†   (source)
  • There is a cavern deep in the deep sea midway between the rocky isle of Imbros and Tenedos: here he who shakes the islands drove his horses down, unharnessed them, tossed them heavenly fodder, looped their hocks with golden hobbles none could break or slip— that they should abide here their lord's return; and off he went to the Akhaian army.†   (source)
  • Land where our fodders died!†   (source)
  • "How is it we've got sight o' you so long before foddering-time?"†   (source)
  • Alas! what with foddering the cattle and tending the store, we are kept from school too long, and our education is sadly neglected.†   (source)
  • Or give us a team of oxen to drive, purebreds,
    hulking, ruddy beasts, both lusty with fodder,
    paired for age and pulling-power that never flags—†   (source)
  • Once they'd drained the bowls she filled, suddenly
    she struck with her wand, drove them into her pigsties,
    all of them bristling into swine—with grunts,
    snouts—even their bodies, yes, and only
    the men's minds stayed steadfast as before.
    So off they went to their pens, sobbing, squealing
    as Circe flung them acorns, cornel nuts and mast,
    common fodder for hogs that root and roll in mud.†   (source)
  • To remedy which our cozening dames and damsels brought him his fodder in their apronlaps and as soon as his belly was full he would rear up on his hind uarters to show their ladyships a mystery and roar and bellow out of him in bulls' language and they all after him.†   (source)
  • But I am old; me list not play for age; <2> Grass time is done, my fodder is now forage.†   (source)
  • Their father Tyrrheus did his fodder bring, Tyrrheus, chief ranger to the Latian king: Their sister Silvia cherish'd with her care The little wanton, and did wreaths prepare To hang his budding horns, with ribbons tied His tender neck, and comb'd his silken hide, And bathed his body.†   (source)
  • The sheep for fodder follow the shepherd; the shepherd for food follows not the sheep: thou for wages followest thy master; thy master for wages follows not thee.†   (source)
  • "The tale of my wonders must be taken more leisurely and not standing," said the man; "let me finish foddering my beast, good sir; and then I'll tell you things that will astonish you."†   (source)
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