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war chest

money set aside or scheduled for a particular purpose or activity, as for a political campaign or organizational drive.
Origin of war chest
1900-05, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I imagine it is the pennies of the poor that mainly fill its war chest.

    The Glory of The Coming Irvin S. Cobb
  • From these circumstances, we may believe, this hoard to have been the treasure or war chest of this retreating army.

  • Their treasury is a war chest rather than an insurance fund.

    The Armies of Labor Samuel P. Orth
  • The war chest of Austria was in a stone-vaulted room, one of the strongest dungeons in the Treasury.

  • It is like the Russian war chest, that is never to be opened as long as they can borrow money.

    Peck's Bad Boy Abroad George W. Peck
British Dictionary definitions for war chest

war chest

a fund collected for a specific purpose, such as an election campaign
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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hot war, psywar, shooting war

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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