n.— «Evading torpedoes, particularly when you didn’t know precisely where they were, often called for what was known as “combing” the torpedo spread. “Combing” consisted of turning the ship to a parallel course with that of the torpedoes, which in the absence of seeing the torpedoes themselves could be determined by the bearing of the attacker. By “combing,” the ship presented a narrow, head-on profile (or occasionally stern-on profile) to the torpedoes, thus making the ship a smaller target and minimizing the chance for a hit.» —“The Fuso Mysteries—The Battle of Surigao Strait” by ProCynic Pro Cynic (Indianapolis, Indiana) Oct. 28, 2007. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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