Meaning of “gunboat diplomacy” in the English Dictionary

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"gunboat diplomacy" in British English

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gunboat diplomacynoun [ U ]

uk /ˌɡʌn.bəʊt dɪˈpləʊ.mə.si/ us /ˌɡʌn.boʊt dɪˈploʊ.mə.si/ disapproving

the use of military threats by a strong country against a weaker country in order to make that country obey it

(Definition of “gunboat diplomacy” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)