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1. (Placename) a unitary authority in SW England, in Devon, consisting of Torquay and two neighbouring coastal resorts. Pop: 131 300 (2003 est). Area: 63 sq km (24 sq miles)
2. (Placename) Also: Tor Bay an inlet of the English Channel on the coast of SW England, near Torquay


(ˈtɔrˈbeɪ, -ˌbeɪ)

a borough in S Devonshire, in SW England: seaside resort. 117,700.
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I’ve often heard of that Bay of State,” said Benjamin, “but can’t say that I’ve ever been in it, nor do I know exactly whereaway it is that it lays; but I suppose there is good anchorage in it, and that it’s no bad place for the taking of ling; but for size it can’t be so much as a yawl to a sloop of war compared with the Bay of Biscay, or, mayhap, Torbay.
One was taken by the Algerines, and the other was lost on the Start, near Torbay, and all the people drowned except three; so that in either of those vessels I had been made miserable.
Sentencing, Judge Malcolm Cottle told Daley: "You controlled the heroin trade in Torbay for three years and you have now been brought to book after a lengthy police operation.
Holidaymakers in Torbay this season are using the little grey cells for a spot of do-it-yourself detective work.
Dennis Eagle, of Heathcote Way, Heathcote industrial estate, won the orders for refuse vehicles following the annual Institute of Wastes Management conference in Torbay.
The 12-year-old had her baby at Torbay Hospital, Devon last week but both the hospital and Torbay Council's social services department have refused to comment.
Therefore (without mincing words), in the balance of this letter I will update you on the recent changes as well as our strategy for moving Torbay forward.
NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical commissioning group, acting as lead commissioner for NHS South Devon and Torbay Clinical commissioning group and Torbay Council seek to commission Community health and well-being services for children and young people in North, East, West Devon, South Devon and Torbay.
The NSPCC report makes 16 recommendations for social services in Dudley and Torbay, Devon, which were jointly responsible for Natalie at the time of her death.
Torbay Golf Centre in Paignton has pitch-and-putt and a floodlit driving range.
I THOUGHT I was going to get away from it all in Devon, even if I was heading for three-resorts-in-one Torbay, the tightly-packed word that lumps together Torquay, Paignton and Brixham.
President & CEO of Torbay Holdings, Tom Large, commented: "We are delighted to be working with AWAL to gain a foothold in the global iTunes(TM) download arena.