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[goo d-ney-ber] /ˈgʊdˈneɪ bər/

characterized by friendly political relations and mutual aid between countries.

also (chiefly British English) good-neighbour, adjectival phrase, in reference to U.S. foreign policy, especially in Latin America, 1928, originally in Herbert Hoover. The good neighbours is Scottish euphemism for “the fairies” (1580s).


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