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hot war

noun
1.
open military conflict; an armed conflict between nations:
The increasing tension in the Middle East could lead to a hot war.
Origin of hot war
1945-1950
1945-50; by analogy with cold war
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  • In the Moluccas also they had done much injury to the Spaniards, and a hot war was there expected.

  • Unknown to Lewis and Clark, though they gradually came to discover it, hot war was waging in the north.

    The Conquest Eva Emery Dye
  • It was evidently war that the adventurer wanted, the hot war of the two fur companies coupled to that of man and man for a maid.

  • During the holidays, hot war raged between Tod and his step-mother.

    Johnny Ludlow. First Series Mrs. Henry Wood
  • The rest of my life was to be devoted to the Royal Navy, if only a hot war should come again; of which we already felt simmerings.

    The Maid of Sker Richard Doddridge Blackmore
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hot war

noun phrase

A war with combat and killing; shooting war •An isolated use in 1768 means ''a vigorous war,'' lacking the modern contrast with cold war (1947+)

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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