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missing in action

This page is about the collocation missing in action

collocation pattern: adjective + noun

Meaning

If someone is "missing in action", they haven't been seen or contacted since being involved in military action.

For example

  • How many of our servicemen and women are missing in action?

  • Some of the soldiers who fought in World War Two are still classified as missing in action.

Note:
A related phrase is "missing, presumed dead"

Quick Quiz

If a soldier has been listed as "missing in action", he

a. has been missing since military action

b. has missed some military action

c. misses military action

Contributor: Matt Errey