Meaning of “proxy war” in the English Dictionary

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"proxy war" in British English

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proxy warnoun [ C ]

/ˈprɒk.si ˌwɔːr/ /ˈprɑːk.si ˌwɔːr/

a war fought between groups or smaller countries that each represent the interests of other larger powers, and may have help and support from these:

The new nuclear superpowers fought their first proxy war for global supremacy in the Asian heartland of Korea.

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