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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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  • One of the bronze plates which decorated the exterior of the war-chest of the legio III.

  • But further, every family put its surplus of goods into the war-chest.

    Bulgaria Frank Fox
  • They have had a war-chest and weapons put into their hands such as they have never had before.

    Germany and the Germans Price Collier
  • The exceptions to the advantage of the war-chest were very rare, and for these the troops gained in a larger proportion at home.

    A Defence of the Hessians Joseph George Rosengarten
  • But further, every family has put its surplus of goods into the war-chest.

  • He saves from his frugal wages to support the union and to swell the funds in its war-chest.

  • M. Mermeix insisted to M. Fleury that the General's war-chest was supplied by voluntary subscriptions.

    France and the Republic William Henry Hurlbert
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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