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[hot-lahyn] /ˈhɒtˌlaɪn/
Chiefly Canadian. of or relating to a radio program that receives telephone calls from listeners on the air.
Origin of hotline
1950-55; hot + line1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hotline
  • Shortly thereafter, it established a public hotline to answer veterans' inquiries about the status of their personal information.
  • Soon they'll have a hotline to get kids to report on their parents if the house is too warm.
  • Instead of the movie a box pops up directing you to a service hotline that is obviously less than helpful.
  • But the two sides are now talking about setting up a military hotline.
  • Call a suicide hotline if you have thoughts of suicide.
  • Each label includes a national quit smoking hotline number.
  • The number posted on fliers at drug treatment centers isn't for a typical hotline.
  • The rest of the time, he's back in the office, overseeing a crisis hotline.
  • If you are concerned about yourself or about somebody else, call the crisis hotline.
  • hotline for complaints re home health, hospice providers.
British Dictionary definitions for hotline


a direct telephone, teletype, or other communications link between heads of government, for emergency use
any such direct line kept for urgent use
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Slang definitions & phrases for hotline

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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hotline in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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