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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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Iran started mass-production of home-made advanced Valfajr torpedo in a ceremony attended by Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan and Rear Admiral Sayyari on Tuesday.
Addressing the ceremony, General Dehqan elaborated on specifications of the new torpedo, and said, "The advanced Valfajr torpedo which is smart and enjoys the anti-deception capability, high speed and a warhead with high explosive and destruction power can surprise the targets and giant vessels within a few seconds before striking, destroying and drowning them completely.
According to MoD sources, still the torpedo deal is pending as it has not received approval from the Cabinet Committee on Security.
The Russians accept that a torpedo explosion sank the Kursk, but have not said what caused it or ruled out a collision with a British submarine.
He said the Russians were testing a torpedo capable of travelling at 160mph underwater, with a range of 20 kilometres.
His lookouts would spot it long before it came within torpedo range.
The man hours and millions of yen spent on Shinano's construction made it nearly inconceivable that a few torpedo hits would put her out of action.