sphere of influence

noun, plural spheres of influence.
any area in which one nation wields dominant power over another or others.

Origin:
1880–85

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sphere of influence
 
n
a region of the world in which one state is dominant

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Example sentences
The implications for the last great kingdom in that sphere of influence were clear.
In film criticism, the blogosphere is the true sphere of influence.
Meanness happened then too, but the sphere of influence was much smaller.
Some cities use their sphere of influence as a convenient boundary for their general plan.
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