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buffer state

a nation lying between potentially hostile larger nations.
Origin of buffer state
First recorded in 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And Mongolia is also the buffer state between China and Russia.

  • The Pharaohs might be glad to have Israel preserved as a "buffer state."

  • A buffer state was apt to become very soon a Boer territory.

    The African Colony John Buchan
  • There is no neutral zone, no buffer state, no silver streak between Mansoul and her immediate and military neighbours.

  • Consequently this little peninsula has always walked on uneasy paths, which is ever the fate of a buffer state.

  • Keep the lights separate from the shadows, let 126the half tone paper always come as a buffer state between them.

  • In early days it formed a "buffer state" between the Roman empire and the territory of the Cimbri and Alemanni.

    Tyrol and its People Clive Holland
  • Navarre was a buffer state in medieval times, and anyone who had nothing else to do used to kill time by invading it.

    Northern Spain Edgar T. A. Wigram
  • It is curious to notice how the "buffer state" policy has gone down in the world.

    Lord Randolph Churchill Winston Spencer Churchill
  • They merely held Syria as a buffer state, and claimed no more than an overlordship there.

    The Treasury of Ancient Egypt Arthur E. P. B. Weigall
British Dictionary definitions for buffer state

buffer state

a small neutral state between two rival powers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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