from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A country that is dependent on the economic or military support of a larger, more powerful country: "Each superpower continues to arm its client states” ( C.L. Sulzberger).
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A clash of civilizations was brewing on the Nile between Muslim custom and Western ambition, and Khedive Ismail’s client state was part of the problem.