gunboat-diplomacy

gunboat diplomacy

noun
diplomatic relations involving the use or threat of military force, especially by a powerful nation against a weaker one.

Origin:
1925–30

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gunboat diplomacy
 
n
diplomacy conducted by threats of military intervention, esp by a major power against a militarily weak state

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gunboat diplomacy definition


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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