torpedo boat de-stroyer's

torpedo-boat destroyer

[tawr-pee-doh-boht]
noun
a vessel somewhat larger than the ordinary torpedo boat, designed for destroying torpedo boats or as a more powerful form of torpedo boat.

Origin:
1890–95

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torpedo-boat destroyer
 
n
(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

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