(tohr.PEE.doh) n. An inept employee who quits to go work for a rival company.

Example Citation:
An incompetent coworker leaving — with some encouragement — for a competing company is a "torpedo."
—Jennifer Pellett and C. J. Prince, "When 'e' Was Just a Letter," Chief Executive, January 1, 2001

Earliest Citation:
Torpedo — An unproductive worker going to a competing company, sometimes after encouragement.
—Kevin Hunt and Chris Morrill, "Word Databank," The Hartford Courant, October 30, 1997

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