- a nation lying between potentially hostile larger nations.
Origin of buffer state
First recorded in 1880–85
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Examples from the Web for buffer state
She sketches out a letter to be written to the lady who is at present a buffer-state between the dried man and the parched women.Somehow Good
William de Morgan
From that date to the 'Forty-five, Carlisle's history is mainly that of a kind of "buffer-state" between the two kingdoms.In the Border Country
W. S. (William Shillinglaw) Crockett
Do you believe that Russia merely covets the buffer-state Afghanistan, or do its intentions go further?The Coming Conquest of England
Clearly it was not to Russia's interest to weaken the only buffer-state that remained between her and the Empire of the West.The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)
John Holland Rose
The “buffer-state” of modern diplomacy is of the same ineffectual type.
- a small neutral state between two rival powers
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