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  • (noun) - A policy practised by a nation or party in politics of dabbling in minor acts in a hostile manner while they are unable to deal with the larger issues. It was first applied in 1898 to the policy of France in reference to the conflicting colonial interests of that country and Great Britain. The Times quoted this as "a policy of pin-pricks," which forthwith became a political phrase. --J.B. Lippincott's Everyday Phrases Explained, 1913

    February 11, 2018