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international Idioms & Phrases


anti-imperialist international brigade

  • noun a terrorist group organized in 1970 to overthrow the Japanese government and monarchy and to foment world revolution; is said to have close ties with Palestinian terrorists
    Japanese Red Army; JRA.
    • in 1972 the Japanese Red Army was responsible for a massacre at an airport in Israel
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balance of international payments

  • noun a system of recording all of a country's economic transactions with the rest of the world over a period of one year
    balance of payments.
    • a favorable balance of payments exists when more payments are coming in than going out
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centre for international crime prevention

  • noun the United Nations office responsible for crime prevention and criminal justice and law reform
    United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.
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international affairs

  • noun affairs between nations
    world affairs.
    • you can't really keep up with world affairs by watching television
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international ampere

  • noun a former unit of electric current (slightly smaller than the SI ampere)
    ampere.
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international association of lions clubs

  • noun club dedicated to promoting responsible citizenship and good government and community and national and international welfare
    Lions Club.
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international atomic energy agency

  • noun the United Nations agency concerned with atomic energy
    IAEA.
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international bank for reconstruction and development

  • noun a United Nations agency created to assist developing nations by loans guaranteed by member governments
    World Bank; IBRD.
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international candle

  • noun a former international unit of luminous intensity; now replaced by the candela
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international civil aviation organization

  • noun the United Nations agency concerned with civil aviation
    ICAO.
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International code

  • (Naut.), a common system of signaling adopted by nearly all maritime nations, whereby communication may be had between vessels at sea.
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  • . See under Copyright.
Webster 1913

international court of justice

  • noun a court established to settle disputes between members of the United Nations
    World Court.
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international date line

  • noun an imaginary line on the surface of the earth following (approximately) the 180th meridian
    date line; dateline.
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international development association

  • noun an agency of the United Nations affiliated with the World Bank
    IDA.
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international finance corporation

  • noun a United Nations agency that invests directly in companies and guarantees loans to private investors; affiliated with the World Bank
    IFC.
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international flight

  • noun a flight that takes off in one country and lands in another
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international grandmaster

  • noun a chess player who has been awarded the highest title by an international chess organization
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international intelligence agency

  • noun an intelligence agency outside the United States
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international islamic front for jihad against jews and crusaders

  • noun a terrorist group organized by Osama bin Laden in 1998 that provided an umbrella organization for al-Qaeda and other militant groups in Egypt and Algeria and Pakistan and Bangladesh
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international jihad

  • noun a holy war waged by Muslims against infidels
    jihad; jehad.
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international labor organization

  • noun the United Nations agency concerned with the interests of labor
    ILO; International Labor Organization.
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international labour organization

  • noun the United Nations agency concerned with the interests of labor
    ILO; International Labor Organization.
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International law

  • noun the body of laws governing relations between nations
    law of nations.
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  • the rules regulating the mutual intercourse of nations. International law is mainly the product of the conditions from time to time of international intercourse, being drawn from diplomatic discussion, textbooks, proof of usage, and from recitals in treaties. It is called public when treating of the relations of sovereign powers, and private when of the relations of persons of different nationalities. International law is now, by the better opinion, part of the common law of the land. Cf. Conflict of laws, under Conflict.
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international law enforcement agency

  • noun an international administrative unit responsible for law enforcement
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international logistic support

  • noun arrangements made between nations to assist each other
    mutual aid.
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international maritime organization

  • noun the United Nations agency concerned with international maritime activities
    IMO.
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international mile

  • noun a unit of length equal to 1,760 yards or 5,280 feet; exactly 1609.344 meters
    mi; stat mi; statute mile; mile; land mile.
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international monetary fund

  • noun a United Nations agency to promote trade by increasing the exchange stability of the major currencies
    IMF.
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international morse code

  • noun a telegraph code in which letters and numbers are represented by strings of dots and dashes (short and long signals)
    Morse code; Morse.
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international nautical mile

  • noun a unit of length used in navigation; exactly 1,852 meters; historically based on the distance spanned by one minute of arc in latitude
    naut mi; mi; mile; nautical mile; knot; air mile.
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international organisation

  • noun an international alliance involving many different countries
    world organization; world organisation; global organization; international organisation.
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international organization

  • noun an international alliance involving many different countries
    world organization; world organisation; global organization; international organisation.
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international pitch

  • noun the pitch used to tune instruments for concert performances; usually assigns 440 Hz to the A above middle C
    concert pitch; philharmonic pitch.
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international relations and security network

  • noun Switzerland's information network for security and defense studies and for peace and conflict research and for international relations
    ISN.
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international scale

  • noun a temperature scale that defines the freezing point of water as 0 degrees and the boiling point of water as 100 degrees
    Celsius scale; centigrade scale.
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international society for krishna consciousness

  • noun a religious sect founded in the United States in 1966; based on Vedic scriptures; groups engage in joyful chanting of `Hare Krishna' and other mantras based on the name of the Hindu god Krishna; devotees usually wear saffron robes and practice vegetarianism and celibacy
    Hare Krishna; ISKCON.
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international system

  • noun a complete metric system of units of measurement for scientists; fundamental quantities are length (meter) and mass (kilogram) and time (second) and electric current (ampere) and temperature (kelvin) and amount of matter (mole) and luminous intensity (candela)
    Systeme International; SI unit; SI system; International System of Units; International System; SI.
    • Today the United States is the only country in the world not totally committed to the Systeme International d'Unites
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international system of units

  • noun a complete metric system of units of measurement for scientists; fundamental quantities are length (meter) and mass (kilogram) and time (second) and electric current (ampere) and temperature (kelvin) and amount of matter (mole) and luminous intensity (candela)
    Systeme International; SI unit; SI system; International System of Units; International System; SI.
    • Today the United States is the only country in the world not totally committed to the Systeme International d'Unites
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international terrorism

  • noun terrorism practiced in a foreign country by terrorists who are not native to that country
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international wanted notice

  • noun an Interpol notice describing a wanted person and asking that he or she be arrested with a view to extradition; a wanted notice that is issued by Interpol at the request of an Interpol member country and distributed to all member countries
    Red Notice.
    • an Interpol Red Notice is the closest instrument to an international arrest warrant in use today
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international waters

  • noun the open seas of the world outside the territorial waters of any nation
    high sea.
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kennedy international airport

  • noun a large airport on Long Island to the east of New York City
    Kennedy Interrnational; Kennedy.
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rotary international

  • noun a group of businessmen in a town organized as a service club and to promote world peace
    Rotary Club.
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systeme international

  • noun a complete metric system of units of measurement for scientists; fundamental quantities are length (meter) and mass (kilogram) and time (second) and electric current (ampere) and temperature (kelvin) and amount of matter (mole) and luminous intensity (candela)
    Systeme International; SI unit; SI system; International System of Units; International System; SI.
    • Today the United States is the only country in the world not totally committed to the Systeme International d'Unites
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systeme international d'unites

  • noun a complete metric system of units of measurement for scientists; fundamental quantities are length (meter) and mass (kilogram) and time (second) and electric current (ampere) and temperature (kelvin) and amount of matter (mole) and luminous intensity (candela)
    Systeme International; SI unit; SI system; International System of Units; International System; SI.
    • Today the United States is the only country in the world not totally committed to the Systeme International d'Unites
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united nations international children's emergency fund

  • noun an agency of the United Nations responsible for programs to aid education and the health of children and mothers in developing countries
    United Nations Children's Fund; UNICEF.
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