the leader of the free world

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the leader of the free world

1. The United States of America, especially in relation to international politics. (Sometimes capitalized.) Ever since the Cold War, America has prided itself on being known as the Leader of the Free World. Some people feel that our country has a responsibility, as the leader of the free world, to help shape the way countries across the globe do business.
2. By extension, the President of the United States of America. (Sometimes capitalized.) Since he was a young boy, Gerald had dreamed of someday becoming the leader of the free world.
See also: free, leader, of, world
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Barak said he believed that the leaders of the free world are aware of these developments, which must be taken into account in any future decision.
It must be nice to have the time - good excuse for a trip to London anyway - and I would have loved to join in the midweek protests but on the other side, supporting the leaders of the free world who took decisive action despite the French, Russians and others who totally predictably put their own short-term financial interests ahead of freedom yet who equally predictably now want a piece of the action
That is the challenge which faces the leaders of the free world.
Later in the day, Sharon aide Zalman Shoval said Sharon's comments were not intended as a rebuke to the US but were meant as a reminder "to everyone, including ourselves, but especially the leaders of the free world, that appeasement never works".