gunboat diplomacy

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gunboat diplomacy (plural gunboat diplomacies)

  1. (idiomatic) The pursuit of foreign policy objectives with the aid of conspicuous displays of military power.
    • 1956, Acclaim & Misgivings, Time, 3 Dec.,
      The British and French, who had sought to make policy by reviving 19th century gunboat diplomacy, had temporarily lost their credentials for world statesmanship.

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