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buffer state

noun
1.
a nation lying between potentially hostile larger nations.
Origin of buffer state
1880-1885
1880-85
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  • The “buffer-state” of modern diplomacy is of the same ineffectual type.

  • She sketches out a letter to be written to the lady who is at present a buffer-state between the dried man and the parched women.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • Do you believe that Russia merely covets the buffer-state Afghanistan, or do its intentions go further?

  • From that date to the 'Forty-five, Carlisle's history is mainly that of a kind of "buffer-state" between the two kingdoms.

    In the Border Country W. S. (William Shillinglaw) Crockett
  • Clearly it was not to Russia's interest to weaken the only buffer-state that remained between her and the Empire of the West.

British Dictionary definitions for buffer-state

buffer state

noun
1.
a small neutral state between two rival powers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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