Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

torpedo (sth)

torpedotorpedo something
1) destroy something or stop it from succeeding
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    • he/she tried to torpedo the negotiations/plan
  • Analysis
    A 'torpedo' is a missile that can be launched from a submarine or warship or used underground. To 'torpedo' something is an informal expression meaning to launch, attack, hit or damage someone or something. 
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The children and the dog torpedoed through the house leaving mud everywhere.
    2. You need to have a word with your children, they cant just torpedo footballs into my garden when there are young children playing. Someone might get hurt.
    3. Harry is like a bull in a china shop. He torpedos through everywhere leaving a trail of destruction.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The unexpected budget cut threatens to torpedo our plan before we have even put it into action.
    2. I think that my failure to finish the project on time has torpedoed my chances of getting that promotion.
    3. Paul was furious with Claire's unrealistic demands, accusing her of trying to torpedo the negotiations.
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