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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
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(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. And as for language, if you want to hear the dictionary overhauled like a log-line in a blow, you must go to Wapping and listen to the Lon’oners as they deal out their lingo.
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.
Boats of all shapes and sizes will converge on Torbay for its three annual regattas - Paignton's (August 7-15), Brixham's (August 16-20) and the Torbay Royal at Torquay (August 21-25) - with fireworks at night.
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.
Kane Andrews, 18, Anthony Harper, 20, and Peter Harrison, 23, filmed themselves carrying out a string of damage and obscene behaviour across Torbay, a court was told.
She was thought to have died instantly when the vehicle fell down the 120ft Daddyhole Plain, Torbay, Devon.
The diver, from the Gwent area of South Wales, who has not yet been named, was pronounced dead at Torbay hospital.
The mum, who has not been named, became pregnant while at a council care home in Torbay, Devon.
The surgeon is employed by the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Lincs, but has also worked at the Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton, the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and Torbay District General Hospital.
Figures show a 69 per cent rise in teenagers having babies in Torbay, which has the highest birth rate among young girls in Devon and Cornwall.
Oddicombe beach in Torbay, Devon, has now won a Blue Flag in each of the 13 years of the campaign, while Poole in Dorset - another 1999 Blue Flag winner - has been successful in 12 of the years.