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At the time, Panama was a vassal of the United States, with Americans in control of the Panama Canal and the strip of land that straddled it, the U.S. Canal Zone.
The first was alipin namamahay, the slave who had his or her own house and family and, like a vassal, was expected to help the master during harvests, raids, trade, and feasts.
George W. Bush launched a disastrous war in Iraq, which drained the country’s riches, bled its military and, in the end, left Iraq as a de facto Iranian vassal.
Mr. Lee, widely regarded as the No. 2 in Lotte, was one of the professional executives commonly known in South Korea as vassals, for their loyalty to the families that control the business empires.
Throughout the 1950s, the Kremlin shared its new rifles with like-minded states and ordered its Warsaw Pact vassals to produce them.
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Origin and Etymology of vassal
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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: a person in the past who received protection and land from a lord in return for loyalty and service
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