hors de combat

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I've read the dictionary, but can't seem to find the appropriate translation for "hors de combat" (not sure if I'm spelling it correctly).

This question is asked within the context of using the phrase concerning military matters.

I'm sure it means out of combat -- but does that mean out of combat as in wounded in battle -- presumably to return -- or alternatively, does it mean permanantly retired from battle because of serious injuries or worse.


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