English version

cannon fodder

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcannon fodderˈcannon ˌfodder noun [uncountable]  ARMYordinary soldiers whose lives are not considered to be very important, and who are sent to fight where they are likely to get killed
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cannon fodderIf all three aspects are not addressed the 240 additional cannon fodder will not remain in the system either.Children will be cannon fodder to boost a school's image.Between them the eight runners had won three races; they were racing's cannon fodder.
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