n. An inept employee who quits to go work for a rival company.
An incompetent coworker leaving — with some encouragement — for a competing company is a 'torpedo.'
—Jennifer Pellett & C. J. Prince, “When 'e' Was Just a Letter,” Chief Executive, January 01, 2001
1997 (earliest)
Torpedo — An unproductive worker going to a competing company, sometimes after encouragement.
—Kevin Hunt & Chris Morrill, “Word Databank,” The Hartford Courant, October 30, 1997
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