Definition of proxy war in US English:

proxy war

noun

  • A war instigated by a major power which does not itself become involved.

    • ‘The proxy war in Kashmir between India and Pakistan also demonstrates that irregulars can fight limited wars for limited purposes, especially when the threat of nuclear war or conventional escalation is high.’
    • ‘The west pumped in ‘aid’ and loans to buy weapons - from western arms manufacturers - to fight the proxy war against Soviet-backed rebel groups.’
    • ‘Rollback was the American end of the proxy war fought between the two superpowers for power and influence in the developing world.’
    • ‘People are supposed to ‘liberate’ themselves, not rely on some external force to come to their land and fight a proxy war for them.’
    • ‘Thus, as noted, David Aaronovitch describes the assault on Nicaragua as part of ‘the proxy war fought between the two superpowers for power and influence’.’