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gunboat diplomacy


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Diplomacy involving intimidation by threat or use of military force.

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  • noun idiomatic The pursuit of foreign policy objectives with the aid of conspicuous displays of military power.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun diplomacy in which the nations threaten to use force in order to obtain their objectives


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