qship

Q-ship

[kyoo-ship]
noun
an armed combat ship disguised as a merchant vessel to attract submarines within attack range.
Also called Q-boat.


Origin:
1915–20; Q a naval classification

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Q-ship
 
n
a merchant ship with concealed guns, used to decoy enemy ships into the range of its weapons
 
[named from q(uery)]

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