Adjective "sabotaging" definition and examples

(Sabotaging may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Deliberately destroy, damage, or obstruct (something), especially for political or military advantage.
  1. 'In fact, if I didn't know better, I might suspect that Rove himself is deliberately trying to sabotage the war effort.'
  2. 'He commented that this could be interpreted as an attempt on the part of the General Staff to sabotage reform in the army.'
  3. 'The guerrillas sabotaged a dam producing a third of the country's electricity, knocking out power in the nation's capital.'
  4. 'Will internal politics and turf wars sabotage the venture?'
  5. 'Her father, who blames his wife for the move, is adamant about returning to the big city - so much so that he deliberately sabotages any relationships she might develop in Guiyang.'
  6. 'They were prepared to sabotage the Soviet war machine in the event of a Warsaw Pact-NATO conflict.'
  7. 'Within two weeks the worst Channel storm of the 20th century nearly sabotaged the campaign, destroying one of the Mulberry harbours.'
  8. 'Sickness produces symptoms and collateral damage that disrupt or sabotage health.'
  9. 'Here, the most radio-friendly melodies are sabotaged by pointed political commentary or swearing.'
  10. 'To give an idea of the kind of resistance undertaken, the book tells the stories of some of the groups that worked with Britain to sabotage German facilities.'


The action of sabotaging something.
  1. 'All subsequent crimes against the Party, all treacheries, acts of sabotage, heresies, deviations, sprang directly out of his teaching.'
  2. 'None of these accusations however has been proven and some within Bulgaria believe that they were generated as acts of business sabotage by weapons companies from other countries.'
  3. '‘This is an act of sabotage which we cannot accept,’ he said.'
  4. 'He reported that in September there were 534 acts of sabotage against railroads as compared to a monthly average of 130 during the first half of the year.'
  5. 'Four months later, in March, Bert Marlow, an engineer at the club, told how Fred's act of sabotage in the bar almost led to it being flooded.'
  6. 'Every single act of industrial sabotage is being done by the people who formerly ran those systems.'
  7. 'Power outages, acts of sabotage and general unrest have hampered production.'
  8. 'A row of more than 15 bricks, pieces of concrete, metal poles, wooden stakes and a traffic cone were balanced on the track in a blatant act of sabotage.'
  9. 'Any further delays to the Act should be seen as an act of economic sabotage and all those involved in its creation should be held accountable.'
  10. 'I was hired by timber workers, mining and ranching interests to investigate acts of sabotage against their industries.'

More definitions

1. any underhand interference with production, work, etc., in a plant, factory, etc., as by enemy agents during wartime or by employees during a trade dispute.

2. any undermining of a cause. verb (used with object), sabotaged, sabotaging.

3. to injure or attack by sabotage.

More examples(as adjective)

"infrastructures can be sabotaging."


(sabotage)Early 20th century: from French, from saboter ‘kick with sabots, wilfully destroy’ (see sabot).