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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

torpedo juice

A low-quality alcoholic beverage made by soldiers during World War II. Grain alcohol was extracted from torpedoes (among other things), hence the expression. I can't drink any more of this torpedo juice, it's disgusting!
See also: juice, 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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The scientist said the Kursk was testing an experimental torpedo capable of travelling at an astonishing 160mph underwater with a range of 20 kilometres.
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The reason for this is twofold: first it was found that multiple batteries were much faster to activate than a single large unit, and such a design allows for 'trimming' the torpedo according to the mission (a serious economy for training); indeed, the DM2 A4 can be assembled in modules by navy workshops according to the required range.
Kingston then presented Hall his second medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross, with gold stars for the second and third awards, for his "unyielding devotion to duty in the face of hazardous flying conditions, while serving as torpedo plane gunner over the Gulf of Mexico and in the South Pacific during WW II.
Kuhlow remembers that when he finally escaped from the waterlogged bottom of the damaged and sinking battleship 4 1/2 hours after the first torpedo, he emerged with his shipmates into a hellish reality that he said he'll never forget.
US officials confirmed that the sonar tapes and other recordings contained strong evidence of a torpedo accident which sunk the Kursk and killed all 118 crewmen.
Experts believe that a fisherman may have netted the earliest surviving example of a torpedo.
Our operations consisted mainly of training work-ups ("drilling and killing") and fleet exercises in which our smaller, older boat would play the bad guy, sneak in through the antisubmarine defenses and torpedo the Admiral's command ship again and again and again.
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TEHRAN (FNA)- 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.
task 1: supply torpedo rechargeable batteries to power a training torpedo.
Increases US MK 54 lightweight torpedo inventory; bolsters critical undersea warfare capability of Australian and Indian navies
Today's visit to TORPEDO NIZHNY NOVGOROD could well prove their toughest task of the season so far.
Hassan al-Rammah, a Syrian engineer, is believed to have first come up with the torpedo concept in 1275.
A multinational team of investigators, in an official announcement of its results Thursday, will specify ''North Korea's torpedo attack'' as the cause of the deadly sinking of a South Korean warship in March, a South Korean government source told Kyodo News Wednesday.