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hot line

a direct telecommunications link, as a telephone line or Teletype circuit, enabling immediate communication between heads of state in an international crisis:
the hot line between Washington and Moscow.
a telephone service enabling people to talk confidentially with someone about a personal problem or crisis.
a telephone line providing customers or clients with direct access to a company or professional service.
Also, hotline.
Origin of hot line
1950-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It turned him, but in the swirling and writhing readjustment Shawn's knife found Ben's forehead and drew a hot line downward.

    Wilderness of Spring Edgar Pangborn
Slang definitions & phrases for hot line

hot line

n phr,n

An emergency telephone line or number: Clearly, hot lines are no cure for the complex, overall problem of drug abuse/ a community ''hot line'' to head off gang wars

[mid-1950s+; popularized by the telephone line between the White House and the Kremlin]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with hot line

hot line

A telephone line that gives quick and direct access to a source of information or help. For example, Our state has an AIDS hot line in every county. This term was originally (and is still) used for a direct link between heads of government for use during a crisis, but was quickly extended to wider applications. [ 1950s ]
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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