Definitions for pocket battleship
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a small, lightly armored but heavily armed warship serving as a battleship because of treaty restrictions.
Origin of pocket battleship:
a small battleship built to conform with treaty limitations on tonnage and armament (from 1925 to 1930)
Any of a class of German cruisers, having guns normally found on a battleship, operated during World War II; a battlecruiser
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