Do you think I'm going to send him over there to be cannon-fodder?
The flower of Oxford was too valuable to be used as cannon-fodder.
What they can hope to achieve by so prodigal a waste of "cannon-fodder" is difficult to see.
Hannibal in his victories lost almost nobody but Gauls, his cannon-fodder, who fought with poor shields and without armor.
This "cannon-fodder" would ...