Definition of pocket battleship in English:

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pocket battleship

Pronunciation: /ˈˌpäkət ˈbadlˌSHip/


Any of a class of cruisers with large-caliber guns, operated by the German navy in World War II.
Example sentences
  • The real Jervis Bay was sunk while defending a convoy against a pocket battleship.
  • Though outgunned by the German's heavy weapons, task force leader Cdre Henry Harwood engaged Graf Spee - at great cost to all three British vessels, which were badly damaged by the pocket battleship's 11 in main turrets.
  • Attempting a night landing on the Rio del Plata near Montevideo, the aircraft crashed and sank near the wreck of the German pocket battleship Graf Spee.
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