puppet army

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Etymology[edit]

From puppet +‎ army, a calque of Mandarin 傀儡軍傀儡军 (“puppet army”).

Noun[edit]

puppet army (plural puppet armies)

  1. An army that an invading country forms by recruiting people from already-occupied areas of the country being invaded.
  2. (specifically) Such an army in China during the Sino-Japanese War.

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