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gunboat diplomacy

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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.

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

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

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