Fleet-in-being definition

(military, navy, countable) A naval fleet which exerts an influence while remaining in port.
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Noun

Singular:
fleet-in-being
Plural:
fleets-in-being

Origin of fleet-in-being

  • First used in 1690 by British Admiral Arthur Herbert, 1st Earl of Torrington, in defending his strategy of keeping his fleet in port until reinforcements arrived, rather than engaging with the superior French force.

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