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big stick

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noun
  1. force, especially political or military, used by a government as a means of influence.
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Origin of big stick

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900
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Related Words for big stick

guile, acumen, subtlety, tact, sophistication, quickness, savvy, skill, competence, stratagem, adroitness, diplomacy, artifice, racket, polish, gimmick, ruse, cleverness, adeptness, discretion

British Dictionary definitions for big stick

big stick

noun
  1. informal force or the threat of using force
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