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demilitarized zone

noun
1.
an area in which it is forbidden to station military forces or maintain military installations.
2.
Informal. any area, place, or circumstance in which conflicts or hostilities are held in abeyance.
Abbreviation: DMZ.
Origin of demilitarized zone
1930-1935
First recorded in 1930-35
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