American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- A former country of central Europe. It was formed in 1918 from Czech- and Slovak-speaking territories of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Communists gained control of the government after World War II and stayed in power until late 1989 when demands for democratic political reform forced Communist leaders to resign. In 1993 the country split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
- n. a former republic in central Europe; divided into Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993
“Another example of Glasnost and change in Czechoslovakia is the number of younger men now being given the senior positions in international hockey negotiations.”
“The fact that the letters OSLO appear in Czechoslovakia is sort of cute, I guess, but when you then taunt that not pointing out that Oslo isn’t in Czechoslovakia fails* a knowledge test, so I point it out, it’s a little dumb to crow about an elementary school word game.”
“It was shaped on the famous Charter '77 that was written in Czechoslovakia that led to the Velvet Revolution there.”
“He has stories about that collection, but then he has so many tales about his family that de Waal delightedly spoons them up -- glorious anecdotes of hunting parties in Czechoslovakia, gypsies with dancing bears, his grandmother bringing special cakes from Vienna on the Orient Express.”
“Kundera has been the centre of controversy following allegations that he had denounced a western spy to the communist authorities in Czechoslovakia in 1950.”
“I don't believe anyone in Czechoslovakia would have thought it was very good.”
“Right, and Czechoslovakia is a dagger pointed at the heart of Germany.”
“Modeled after the Charter 77 movement in Czechoslovakia during the Cold War, Charter 08 called for greater freedom of expression, human rights and for free elections.”
“And even in Czechoslovakia and Hungary, the centers of anti-communist rebellion, fully a third admit the same.”
“We go to all the trouble of buying the tram cars in Czechoslovakia, and we still get screwed.”
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