from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Diplomacy involving intimidation by threat or use of military force: "in the days when gunboat diplomacy was a more accepted tool of world powers” ( Christian Science Monitor).
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- n. The pursuit of foreign policy objectives with the aid of conspicuous displays of military power.
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- n. diplomacy in which the nations threaten to use force in order to obtain their objectives
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He turned it down, having no balls for armed robbery stakeouts, going in doors gun first, gunboat diplomacy police work: meeting the Quentin bus at the depot, pistol-whipping hard boys into a docile parole.