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torpedo

noun [C]  /tɔrˈpi·doʊ/ (plural torpedoes) us  
a bomb designed to travel under water which explodes when it hits something: No one on the ship saw the torpedo coming, not even the men on watch.

torpedo

verb [T]  /tɔrˈpi·doʊ/ (present tense torpedoes, present participle torpedoing, past tense and past participle torpedoed) us  
to hit something with a torpedo: The ship was torpedoed by a submarine. fig. In fact, both sides torpedoed the ceasefire (= destroyed its chances for success).
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