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sphere of influence

noun, plural spheres of influence.
any area in which one nation wields dominant power over another or others.
Origin of sphere of influence
1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for sphere of influence

sphere of influence

a region of the world in which one state is dominant
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