Definition of proxy war in English:

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proxy war

noun

A war instigated by a major power which does not itself become involved: the end of the Cold War brought an end to many of the proxy wars through which the two sides struggled to exert their influence
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  • People are supposed to ‘liberate’ themselves, not rely on some external force to come to their land and fight a proxy war for them.
  • Thus, as noted, David Aaronovitch describes the assault on Nicaragua as part of ‘the proxy war fought between the two superpowers for power and influence’.
  • Rollback was the American end of the proxy war fought between the two superpowers for power and influence in the developing world.
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