- competition between countries to achieve superiority in quantity and quality of military arms.
Origin of arms race
First recorded in 1935–40
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- the continuing competitive attempt by two or more nations each to have available to it more and more powerful weapons than the other(s)
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Word Origin and History for arms race
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