Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A state which lies between two larger and supposedly hostile states, and thus serves as a ‘buffer.’
“Tell me, does patriotism pay me to act as a buffer-state?”
“Hungary with her ancient nomadic Asiatic roots, respect for western ideals, and history as a buffer-state for Europe, is at the hub of change in Central Europe.”
“He took a second evening to rifle his fish's laboratory bench-the incredible idiot had stuffed it to bulging with incriminating. photomicrograph negatives, and with bits of paper bearing the symbols of a simple substitution code once circulated to Tom Mix's Square Shooters on behalf of Shredded Ralston-and a third to take step-by-step photos of the hegira to the Believer trailer city, and the radio-transmitter-equipped trailer with the buffer-state license.”
“The rise of Athens is rapidly described, her building of the walls broken down by the Persians, her control of the island-states in a Delian league which eventually became the nucleus of her Empire, her alliance with Megara, a buffer-state between herself and Corinth.”
“A narrow strip of forehead acted as a kind of buffer-state, separating his front hair from his eyebrows, and he bore beyond hope of concealment the badge of his late employment, the cauliflower ear.”
“We know the man himself; and it is to be our privilege to act as a buffer-state, to be intermediaries between him and the rest of this deadly, craving, sheepish world -- for the time being; oh yes, just for the time being.”
“Christian buffer-state of Armenia a scene of unutterable woe, and even Asia Minor was constantly menaced by the children of the”
“Mrs. Wake, for all her tact, was too wary, too observant, to fill so perfectly the part of buffer-state as was Miss Bocock.”
“Since the discovery of the cat, King had been too ready to see affront where none was meant, and the Reverend John, buffer-state and general confidant, had worked for a week to bring about a good understanding.”
“Clearly it was not to Russia's interest to weaken the only buffer-state that remained between her and the Empire of the West.”
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