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puppet government

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n puppet government a government that is appointed by and whose affairs are directed by an outside authority that may impose hardships on those governed
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Usage

In literature:

The government was like a vista of puppets.
"A Footnote to History Eight Years of Trouble in Samoa" by Robert Louis Stevenson
They hoped to replace the independent communist government with one which would be, in effect, a puppet of the Kremlin.
"Hail to the Chief" by Gordon Randall Garrett
The government was like a vista of puppets.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 17 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
But as for his country, he could no more govern it than a puppet worked by strings.
"The White Plumes of Navarre" by Samuel Rutherford Crockett
High above them on the platform a puppet of Government waved his arms like an excited marionette, in a shrill voice, urging more "moderation"!
"The Man with the Double Heart" by Muriel Hine
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In news:

A plan by the United States government to fund a Pakistani version of "Sesame Street" has fallen through, amid allegations of corruption against local puppeteers.
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