n.— «Czechoslovakia, under the nascent communist regime in 1948, trained Jews and others to fight for Israeli independence in the hope that Israel would become a communist state. As that effort backfired, Czechoslo-vakia tried to help foster socialism in the Arab world and became a chief weapons exporter to Arab countries. The arms trade was greatly reduced after 1989, but Snaidau said some Arabs still refer to guns in slang as “cheekia,” derived from Czechia. » —“Making a mark in the Middle East” by Dinah A. Spritzer Prague Post (Czech Republic) July 8, 2004. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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