torpedo boat

noun
a small, fast, highly maneuverable boat used for torpedoing enemy shipping.

Origin:
1800–10, Americanism

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torpedo boat
 
n
(formerly) a small high-speed warship designed to carry out torpedo attacks in coastal waters

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