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torpedo-boat destroyer

[tawr-pee-doh-boht] /tɔrˈpi doʊˌboʊt/
a vessel somewhat larger than the ordinary torpedo boat, designed for destroying torpedo boats or as a more powerful form of torpedo boat.
Origin of torpedo-boat destroyer
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • A torpedo-boat destroyer is clearly illustrated in Figs. 28 and 29.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • A battleship should be at least twice as long as a torpedo-boat destroyer.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • The party left Anzac Cove in the dark early one morning and steamed up the coast in a torpedo-boat destroyer.

    New Zealanders at Gallipoli Major Fred Waite
  • He had just completed a model of his torpedo-boat destroyer and expected to take it to Washington within a few days.

    Madge Morton's Secret

    Amy D. V. Chalmers
  • "It is the exact copy of the model of the torpedo-boat destroyer that was stolen from me," he explained to the girls.

    Madge Morton's Secret

    Amy D. V. Chalmers
  • The 'Iowa,' which was coming up fast, threw a few complimentary shots at the second torpedo-boat destroyer and passed on.

  • She's in a hurry, too, crowding on all steam, and eating up the distance like a torpedo-boat destroyer.

    A Rock in the Baltic Robert Barr
  • A British torpedo-boat destroyer was sunk on September 8, 1918, as the result of a collision during a fog.

  • That'll be about enough battleships; but it wouldn't hurt to have a couple of cruisers and a torpedo-boat destroyer, too.

    Roads of Destiny

    O. Henry
  • The Phyllis could show heels, if ever matters came to a chase, to anything less swift than a torpedo-boat destroyer.

    The Key to Yesterday

    Charles Neville Buck
British Dictionary definitions for torpedo-boat destroyer

torpedo-boat destroyer

(formerly) a large powerful high-speed torpedo boat designed to destroy enemy torpedo boats: a forerunner of the modern destroyer, from which the name is derived
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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