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hot war

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
1945-50; by analogy with cold war Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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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