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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
An Americanism dating back to 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I will open the war chest, fifty million to start with, and more to come.

    The Rat Racket David Henry Keller
  • I imagine it is the pennies of the poor that mainly fill its war chest.

    The Glory of The Coming Irvin S. Cobb
  • Their treasury is a war chest rather than an insurance fund.

    The Armies of Labor Samuel P. Orth
  • The spoils of the treasury and the Church were quickly seized, a goodly treasure, and added to the French war chest.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • She was exceptionally ignorant of most worldly things, but she knew there was never yet a campaign without a war chest.

    The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman

    H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
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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Slang definitions & phrases for war chest

war chest


A political campaign's funding; also, an amount saved for a planned purchase or venture

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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