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hot-wire

[verb hot-wahyuh r; adjective hot-wahyuh r]
verb (used with object), hot-wired, hot-wir·ing.
  1. Slang. to start the engine of (a motor vehicle) by short-circuiting the ignition.
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adjective
  1. 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
  1. (tr) slang to start the engine of (a motor vehicle) by bypassing the ignition switch
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