- intentional destruction of machines, waste of materials, etc., as by employees during labor disputes
- destruction of railroads, bridges, machinery, etc., as by enemy agents or by an underground resistance
- the deliberate obstruction of or damage to any cause, movement, activity, effort, etc.
Origin of sabotageFrench from saboter, to work badly, damage from sabot: see sabot and -age: from damage done to machinery by wooden shoes
transitive verb-·taged·, -·tag·ing