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damn the torpedoes

To press on with a task or current course of action regardless of apparent risks or dangers. Attributed to David Farragut of the United States Navy during the American Civil War, usually paraphrased as "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" The actual order (if it ever existed) was: "Damn the torpedoes! Four bells. Captain Drayton, go ahead! Jouett, full speed! I don't care that it might bankrupt the company! Damn the torpedoes and get it done already!
See also: damn, torpedo


1. and sub and hoagy and torpedo and grinder and poor boy and hero n. a long sandwich containing many different foods. (Sometimes many feet long. It is cut into smaller segments for serving a group. Usually contains sliced meats and cheese, as well as tomatoes and onions. Terms vary depending on where you are in the country.) He ordered a submarine, but he couldn’t finish it.
2. n. a large marijuana cigarette. Look at the size of that sub!
3. n. [menstrual] tampon. My God! I’m out of submarines!




1. n. a drink containing chloral hydrate; a knockout drink. Marlowe signaled the bartender to give the stoolie a torpedo.
2. Go to submarine sense 1
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He said that short time of preparation and firing is another specification of the torpedo which distinguishes the weapon from its counterparts and increases the tactical power and swiftness of the naval forces' surface and subsurface units.
Also, Admiral Sayyari revealed other details of the torpedo, and said the weapon enjoys increased range, precision and explosion and destruction power compared to the torpedoes which have earlier been developed in the country.
In a relevant development on October 3, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) for the first time displayed to the public its recently developed super torpedo, 'Hout', which enjoys the state-of-the-art technologies and is capable of hitting targets in and outside water.
The scientist said: "On firing, the torpedo jammed in the tube and became almost like a flame-thrower.
Even without a warhead, the explosion caused hydraulic and electrical damage, and either blew off the rear torpedo door or burned through it into compartment No1.
Daubin had oncetold me that if he ever had an opportunity to torpedo an aircraft carrier, he would set his torpedoes to run shallow.
Archer-Fish jerked as if she had been smacked by a whale, as the huge compressed air blast ejected the first torpedo from its tube.