hot war

noun
open military conflict; an armed conflict between nations: The increasing tension in the Middle East could lead to a hot war.

Origin:
1945–50; by analogy with cold war

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Example sentences
Here, he discusses waging a hot war against heavily armed poachers.
The objective is not to make weaponry for a hot war, but to scare off enemies
  from a certain piece of land, sea or airspace.
They are only tools of a broader strategy in a cold or hot war.
There's no denying the dangers of hot war or military blackmail, but the
  hazards and manifestations of the cold war are worldwide.
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