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foreign office

n.
The governmental department in charge of foreign affairs in certain countries.

foreign office

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the ministry of a country or state that is concerned with dealings with other states. US equivalent: State Department Canadian equivalent: department of external affairs

for′eign of`fice


n.
the department of a government that handles foreign affairs.
[1855–60]
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Noun1.Foreign Office - the government department in charge of foreign relations
ministry - a government department under the direction of a minister
French Foreign Office, Quai d'Orsay - the French department in charge of foreign affairs; referred to familiarly by its address in Paris
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I heard vaguely that his abilities and the influences which he commanded had won him a good position at the Foreign Office, and then he passed completely out of my mind until the following letter recalled his existence:
It is possible even that you may have heard that through my uncle's influence I obtained a good appointment at the Foreign Office, and that I was in a situation of trust and honor until a horrible misfortune came suddenly to blast my career.
The Foreign Office especially is ageing its men fast these few years.
I am going to the Foreign Office about my passport--I have some interest there: they can give me letters; they can advise and assist me.
Sir Henry Harland Fisher, with half the alphabet after his name, was something at the Foreign Office far more tremendous than the Foreign Secretary.
When the old king--who was suspicious of the English, their railways and telegraphs--died, Purun Dass stood high with his young successor, who had been tutored by an Englishman; and between them, though he always took care that his master should have the credit, they established schools for little girls, made roads, and started State dispensaries and shows of agricultural implements, and published a yearly blue-book on the "Moral and Material Progress of the State," and the Foreign Office and the Government of India were delighted.
She could get herself admitted into the Foreign Office at one o'clock in the morning if it so pleased her.
Since he has been at the Foreign Office, he has been so much talked of in Vienna.
Then, giving the Home Department and the leadership of the House of Commons to Joodle, the Exchequer to Koodle, the Colonies to Loodle, and the Foreign Office to Moodle, what are you to do with Noodle?
Lord Darlington, you annoyed me last night at the Foreign Office.
I then passed through Persia, looked in at Mecca, and paid a short but interesting visit to the Khalifa at Khartoum the results of which I have communicated to the Foreign Office.
His prophetic and doleful despatches had been for years the joke of Foreign Offices.

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