Damn-the-torpedoes meaning

(idiomatic) Used to dismiss the risks of a dangerous action.
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Origin of damn-the-torpedoes

From "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!", a famous order issued by Admiral David Farragut during the Battle of Mobile Bay, a paraphrase of the actual order, "Damn the torpedoes! Four bells. Captain Drayton, go ahead! Jouett, full speed!".