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hot-wire

[ verb hot-wahyuhr; adjective hot-wahyuhr ]
/ verb ˈhɒtˈwaɪər; adjective ˈhɒtˌwaɪər /
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verb (used with object), hot-wired, hot-wir·ing.
Slang. to start the engine of (a motor vehicle) by short-circuiting the ignition.
adjective
Electricity, Engineering. depending for its operation on the lengthening or increasing resistance of a wire when it is heated: hot-wire anemometer; hot-wire microphone.
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Origin of hot-wire

First recorded in 1950–55
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hot-wire

verb
(tr) slang to start the engine of (a motor vehicle) by bypassing the ignition switch
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