arms race


noun

competition between countries to achieve superiority in quantity and quality of military arms.

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Origin of arms race

First recorded in 1935–40
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British Dictionary definitions for arms race

arms race

noun

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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