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U-boat

[yoo-boht] /ˈyuˌboʊt/
noun
1.
a German submarine.
Origin of U-boat
1910-1915
1910-15; < German U-Boot, short for Unterseeboot literally, undersea boat
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  • Then a large U-boat came boldly to the surface and opened fire.

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  • His U-boat was sinking fast; though by no agency from within.

  • I wished to cruise with the American destroyers in their U-boat operations.

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  • There was that one which was of the first to cross over for the U-boat hunting game.

    The U-boat hunters

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  • The U-boat man with nerve enough to attack a destroyer is a good one.

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  • The mate fired two shots at the U-boat, but 'e don't 'it anything.

    The U-boat hunters

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British Dictionary definitions for U-boat

U-boat

noun
1.
a German submarine, esp in World Wars I and II
Word Origin
from German U-Boot, abbreviation for Unterseeboot, literally: undersea boat
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Word Origin and History for U-boat

1916 (said to have been in use from 1913), partial translation of German U-Boot, short for Unterseeboot, literally "undersea boat."

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