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gunboat diplomacy

noun
1.
diplomatic relations involving the use or threat of military force, especially by a powerful nation against a weaker one.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30
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gunboat diplomacy

noun
1.
diplomacy conducted by threats of military intervention, esp by a major power against a militarily weak state
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gun boat diplomacy in Culture

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A policy toward a foreign country that depends on the use, or threat of the use, of arms. (See big stick diplomacy.)

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