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damn the torpedoes


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Used to dismiss the risks of a dangerous action.


From "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!", a famous order issued by Admiral David Farragut during the Battle of Mobile Bay, a paraphrase of the actual order, "Damn the torpedoes! Four bells. Captain Drayton, go ahead! Jouett, full speed!". (Wiktionary)


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