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torpedo-boat destroyer

[tawr-pee-doh-boht] /tɔrˈpi doʊˌboʊt/
noun
1.
a vessel somewhat larger than the ordinary torpedo boat, designed for destroying torpedo boats or as a more powerful form of torpedo boat.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95
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British Dictionary definitions for torpedoboat destroyer

torpedo-boat destroyer

noun
1.
(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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