Definition of Q-ship in English:

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Q-ship

Pronunciation: /ˈkyo͞oˌSHip/

noun

historical
A merchant ship with concealed weapons, used by the British in World War I and World War II in an attempt to destroy submarines.
Example sentences
  • U-boats were attacked by aircraft, airships, Q-ships, mines, drifters, Naval vessels (including submarines) and merchant ships.
  • The Eastern Sea Frontier, which operated the few Q-ships the US Navy used during the war, was the parent organization.

Origin

World War I: from Q as a nonexplicit symbol of the type of vessel + ship1.

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