pocket battleship


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pocket battleship

n.
Any of several German warships built in the late 1920s and early 1930s that were smaller, less well armed, and less heavily armored than a conventional battleship.

pocket battleship

n
(Military) a small heavily armoured and armed battle cruiser specially built to conform with treaty limitations on tonnage and armament, esp any of those built by Germany in the 1930s

pock′et bat′tleship


n.
a small, lightly armored but heavily armed warship serving as a battleship because of treaty restrictions.
[1930]
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Noun1.pocket battleship - a small battleship built to conform with treaty limitations on tonnage and armament (from 1925 to 1930)
battleship, battlewagon - large and heavily armoured warship
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When England's pocket battleship Taylor, officially 5ft 6in and nicknamed 'Titch', faced Pakistan's 7ft 1in left-armer, there had never been such a disparity in height between batsman and bowler.
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6) Although HMS Ajax, Exeter and Achilles drove the pocket battleship into Montevideo Harbour, it was finally scuttled by its crew.
Stanley, only 5ft 4in tall but with the build of a 4in tall but with the build of a pocket battleship, also wore pocket battleship, also wore the colours of Huddersfield Giants, Bradford Bulls and Hal-ifax while playing in three ifax while playing in three World Cups during a 14-year World Cups during a 14-year international career with Papua New Guinea.
POCKET battleship James Taylor has smashed Kevin Pietersen's claims that he is too small for international cricket over the fence ahead of his return to the big stage.
The engagement was triggered after three Royal Navy cruisers HMS Exeter, Achilles and Ajax, crewed by British and New Zealand sailors, began hunting the much larger pocket battleship the Admiral Graf Spee, after the German surface raider had successfully destroyed several Allied merchant ships.
He served as a butcher on the Beavorford, which was sunk by a German Pocket Battleship during WW2.
For the Nuneaton businessman built like a pocket battleship - who's just as at ease taking bookings for his Manor Hotel as he is taking out opponents on the mat - has been duly crowned 'The Comeback Kid' of his sport.
Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, The Battle of the River Plate recounts the events surrounding the sinking of the German pocket battleship, Graf Spee, outside Montevideo in 1939.
The French pocket battleship was insulted for her looks by BBC presenter John Inverdale but showed beauty is more than skin deep.
The German pocket battleship, Admiral Graf Spee, which had destroyed nine Allied ships, was pursued and harried to the River Plate's estuary, between Uruguay and Argentina, by the Allied ships, Achilles, Ajax and the Exeter.
Where was the German pocket battleship Graf Spee scuttled in 1939?