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Jacob Rees-Mogg, who once likened a status-quo transition to being a vassal state, said Britain had rolled over without even getting its tummy tickled.
The tiny country on the eastern Mediterranean, once a vassal state of its far more powerful neighbor Syria, a former Soviet client, is grappling with a long list of political and economic woes.
King Naresuan ascended to the throne in 1590, when Thailand (formerly known as Siam) was a vassal state of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma).
Right here in the middle of Republicanistan, one small vassal municipality can’t draw its gun without shooting itself in the foot.
Rather than turn Qatar into a subservient vassal state, the feud with Saudi Arabia has split the Gulf in a way that looks increasingly permanent.
The Qatari royal family, too, has little inclination to capitulate and transform its emirate into a Saudi vassal state.
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.
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.
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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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