buffer state

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a country that is between two other countries that are enemies but is not involved in the argument or war between them

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • buffer state — buffer states N COUNT A buffer state is a peaceful country situated between two or more larger hostile countries. Turkey and Greece were buffer states against the former Soviet Union …   English dictionary

  • buffer state — n. a small country located between two large, antagonistic powers and regarded as lessening the possibility of conflict between them …   English World dictionary

  • Buffer state — A buffer state is a country lying between two rival or potentially hostile greater powers, which by its sheer existence is thought to prevent conflict between them. Buffer states , when authentically independent, typically pursue a neutralist… …   Wikipedia

  • buffer state — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms buffer state : singular buffer state plural buffer states a country that is between two other countries that are enemies but is not involved in the argument or war between them …   English dictionary

  • buffer state — state that stands in between two enemy countries …   English contemporary dictionary

  • buffer state — Synonyms and related words: ally, archduchy, archdukedom, barrier, body politic, brattice, buffer, bulkhead, bumper, captive nation, chieftaincy, chieftainry, city state, cloison, collision mat, colony, commonweal, commonwealth, country, county,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • buffer state — noun a small neutral state between two rival powers • Syn: ↑buffer country • Hypernyms: ↑country, ↑state, ↑land * * * noun, pl ⋯ states [count] : a country that is located between two larger countries that often fight with each other …   Useful english dictionary

  • buffer state — /ˈbʌfə steɪt/ (say bufuh stayt) noun a smaller state or zone lying between potentially hostile larger states. Also, buffer zone …   Australian English dictionary

  • buffer state — noun Date: 1883 a usually neutral state lying between two larger potentially rival powers …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • buffer state — buff′er state n. gov a nation lying between larger and potentially hostile nations • Etymology: 1880–85 …   From formal English to slang

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