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English definition of “cordon sanitaire”

cordon sanitaire

noun [C] uk   /ˌkɔː.dɒ̃.sæn.ɪˈteər/ us    /kɔːrˌdɑ̃ː.sɑː.niˈter/ (plural cordons sanitaires)
a guarded area around a place or country that prevents people from entering or leaving it: NATO was accused of trying to throw a cordon sanitaire around Russia.Limiting and restrictingPreventing and impeding
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