body bag
   American
   a container for the transfer of a corpse, especially that of a serviceman
   Unlike the British, who traditionally bury their soldiers 'in some corner of a foreign field', the bodies of Americans killed abroad are returned to the United States for disposal:
    The KIAs were provided with HRPs which earlier had been called body bags, the new public relations title translated as 'human remains pouches'. (Simpson, 1991 — a K1A was 'killed in action')
   Whence the body-bag syndrome, a reluctance by American commanders to involve soldiers in any action which might lead to casualties:
    British officers speak of 'body-bag syndrome' as the major brake on NATO operations. {Daily Telegraph, 21 March 2001)

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