hot-line

hot line

noun
1.
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.
2.
a telephone service enabling people to talk confidentially with someone about a personal problem or crisis.
3.
a telephone line providing customers or clients with direct access to a company or professional service.
Also, hotline.


Origin:
1950–55

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