Definition of front-line states in English:

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front-line states

plural noun

Those countries bordering on an area troubled by a war or other crisis.
Example sentences
  • The draft-evaders and deserters who had sought refuge in neighbouring Hungary, a Nato front-line state during last year's Kosovo war, are branded traitors and face a court martial and up to 20 years in jail if they return home.
  • Turkey today is much more of a front-line state than Germany was, now that NATO is right up on Russia's frontier.
  • The enemy is not protected and supplied by major powers such as the Soviet Union or China, not to mention a formidable front-line state such as North Vietnam.
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