Its predecessor sparked an international crisis and almost started World War III.
Teary and shaking, Cirl said the minute she passed through the gate, “it was like World War III.”
Iranian poverty, caused by economic sanctions, might be better than World War III, for instance.
They never anticipated being targeted by weapons designed to guard the Red Army for World War III.
Given the combustibility of the neighborhood, the Syrian civil war really could become World War III.
Rather than “Cold War,” they often employed the term “World War III,” which implied direct military action.
If Obama's strategy is to dial back the blue/red civil war to a detente, Franken's is to escalate it to World War III.
Then the U.S. and U.S.S.R. had their own versions of whom to thank for avoiding World War III.