gunboat diplomacy
noun Date: 1927 diplomacy backed by the use or threat of military force

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • gunboat diplomacy — ► NOUN ▪ foreign policy supported by the use or threat of military force …   English terms dictionary

  • gunboat diplomacy — n. the use or threatened use of limited military force in place of conventional diplomatic negotiations …   English World dictionary

  • Gunboat diplomacy — [ SMS Panther , a famous example of the use of gunboat diplomacy from the Agadir Crisis.] In international politics, gunboat diplomacy refers to the pursuit of foreign policy objectives with the aid of conspicuous displays of military power… …   Wikipedia

  • gunboat diplomacy — noun diplomacy in which the nations threaten to use force in order to obtain their objectives • Syn: ↑power politics • Hypernyms: ↑diplomacy, ↑diplomatic negotiations * * * gunboat diplomacy : the threat to use military force against a country as …   Useful english dictionary

  • gunboat diplomacy — if a country uses gunboat diplomacy, it uses the threat of military force to make another country obey it. Gunboat diplomacy is a dangerous option in the age of nuclear weapons …   New idioms dictionary

  • gunboat diplomacy — noun The pursuit of foreign policy objectives with the aid of conspicuous displays of military power. The British and French, who had sought to make policy by reviving 19th century gunboat diplomacy, had temporarily lost their credentials for… …   Wiktionary

  • gunboat diplomacy —    If a nation conducts its diplomatic relations by threatening military action to get what it wants, it is using gunboat diplomacy.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • gunboat diplomacy — gunboat di plomacy noun uncount the threat by one country to use military power against another in order to make it agree to something …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • gunboat diplomacy — /gʌnboʊt dəˈploʊməsi / (say gunboht duh plohmuhsee) noun diplomacy or foreign affairs in conjunction with the use or threat of military force …   Australian English dictionary

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