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awkward squad
 n.— «The negotiations have been caught in a squeeze between Mr Bolton, and a group of countries that one diplomat referred to as “the awkward squad,” which includes Pakistan, Egypt, Sudan, the Palestinian Authority, Syria, Cuba and Venezuela.» —“Poor nations lose in watered-down UN document” by Ewen MacAskill, Larry Elliott Guardian (U.K.) Sept. 14, 2005. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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