from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the temporary transfer of goods and services to an ally to aid in a common cause.

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  • n. the transfer of goods and services to an ally to aid in a common cause


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  • The major was particularly disgusted by the fact that the undisciplined Dutch troops were making use of American trucks, clearly marked with the U.S. insignia, which they had somehow hijacked from a recent lend-lease shipment.

    A Covert Affair

  • The War Department had committed itself to a policy of “keeping China in the War” and providing the Chungking government, with Chiang Kai-shek as its president, with a major portion of lend-lease supplies.

    A Covert Affair

  • He also had to lead public opinion when he called for rearmament and the first peacetime draft and lend-lease aid to Britain, because he foresaw war with Hitler.

    Robert Kuttner: Looking for Some Good News

  • They rounded up the inhabitants at gunpoint, herded them into American Studebaker trucks supplied under the lend-lease program, and drove them to the Grozny railway station, where they were packed into cattle wagons.

    The Return

  • The British government paid the last of its World War II "lend-lease" debts to the United States just this decade.

    In trial, a lesson from the British

  • So while we wait for the American networks to get their comedy acts back in gear, we can more than make do with Sunday's fabulous lend-lease package: Little Britain USA.

    HBO's 'Little Britain USA' lends us lots of laughs

  • As for WWII, you seem to be forgetting lend-lease before the war, and the Marshall Plan after the war.

    John Terry’s sacking as England captain tells us something interesting...

  • Ayn Rand, then a Hollywood screenwriter and one of the few in the movie community who had actually lived under communism, was to point out that, in their zeal to provide artistic lend-lease, American Communist screenwriters went to extraordinary and absurd lengths.

    Roman Holiday (1953)

  • Both invaded and occupied the country together with the US and India for strategic purposes, including the Allied transversal of lend-lease supplies to Russia.

    The Hypocrisy of Democracy

  • Thus, when the Cold War began in earnest, most members of Congress were prepared to support a new round of arms transfers along the lines of the lend-lease program.



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